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Vulnerability Details : CVE-2006-5178

Race condition in the symlink function in PHP 5.1.6 and earlier allows local users to bypass the open_basedir restriction by using a combination of symlink, mkdir, and unlink functions to change the file path after the open_basedir check and before the file is opened by the underlying system, as demonstrated by symlinking a symlink into a subdirectory, to point to a parent directory via .. (dot dot) sequences, and then unlinking the resulting symlink.
Publish Date : 2006-10-10 Last Update Date : 2018-10-30
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- CVSS Scores & Vulnerability Types

CVSS Score
Confidentiality Impact Complete (There is total information disclosure, resulting in all system files being revealed.)
Integrity Impact Complete (There is a total compromise of system integrity. There is a complete loss of system protection, resulting in the entire system being compromised.)
Availability Impact Complete (There is a total shutdown of the affected resource. The attacker can render the resource completely unavailable.)
Access Complexity High (Specialized access conditions exist. It is hard to exploit and several special conditions must be satisfied to exploit)
Authentication Not required (Authentication is not required to exploit the vulnerability.)
Gained Access Admin
Vulnerability Type(s) Bypass a restriction or similar
CWE ID 362

- Vendor Statements

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Source: Redhat

- Products Affected By CVE-2006-5178

# Product Type Vendor Product Version Update Edition Language
1 Application PHP PHP 4.0 Version Details Vulnerabilities
2 Application PHP PHP 4.0.1 Version Details Vulnerabilities
3 Application PHP PHP 4.0.1 Patch1 Version Details Vulnerabilities
4 Application PHP PHP 4.0.1 Patch2 Version Details Vulnerabilities
5 Application PHP PHP 4.0.2 Version Details Vulnerabilities
6 Application PHP PHP 4.0.3 Patch1 Version Details Vulnerabilities
7 Application PHP PHP 4.0.4 Version Details Vulnerabilities
8 Application PHP PHP 4.0.5 Version Details Vulnerabilities
9 Application PHP PHP 4.0.6 Version Details Vulnerabilities
10 Application PHP PHP 4.0.7 RC2 Version Details Vulnerabilities
11 Application PHP PHP 4.0.7 RC3 Version Details Vulnerabilities
12 Application PHP PHP 4.0.7 Version Details Vulnerabilities
13 Application PHP PHP 4.0.7 RC1 Version Details Vulnerabilities
14 Application PHP PHP 4.1.0 Version Details Vulnerabilities
15 Application PHP PHP 4.1.1 Version Details Vulnerabilities
16 Application PHP PHP 4.1.2 Version Details Vulnerabilities
17 Application PHP PHP 4.2 DEV Version Details Vulnerabilities
18 Application PHP PHP 4.2.0 Version Details Vulnerabilities
19 Application PHP PHP 4.2.1 Version Details Vulnerabilities
20 Application PHP PHP 4.2.2 Version Details Vulnerabilities
21 Application PHP PHP 4.2.3 Version Details Vulnerabilities
22 Application PHP PHP 4.3.0 Version Details Vulnerabilities
23 Application PHP PHP 4.3.1 Version Details Vulnerabilities
24 Application PHP PHP 4.3.2 Version Details Vulnerabilities
25 Application PHP PHP 4.3.3 Version Details Vulnerabilities
26 Application PHP PHP 4.3.4 Version Details Vulnerabilities
27 Application PHP PHP 4.3.5 Version Details Vulnerabilities
28 Application PHP PHP 4.3.6 Version Details Vulnerabilities
29 Application PHP PHP 4.3.7 Version Details Vulnerabilities
30 Application PHP PHP 4.3.8 Version Details Vulnerabilities
31 Application PHP PHP 4.3.9 Version Details Vulnerabilities
32 Application PHP PHP 4.3.10 Version Details Vulnerabilities
33 Application PHP PHP 4.3.11 Version Details Vulnerabilities
34 Application PHP PHP 4.4.0 Version Details Vulnerabilities
35 Application PHP PHP 4.4.1 Version Details Vulnerabilities
36 Application PHP PHP 4.4.2 Version Details Vulnerabilities
37 Application PHP PHP 4.4.3 Version Details Vulnerabilities
38 Application PHP PHP 4.4.4 Version Details Vulnerabilities
39 Application PHP PHP 5.0 RC1 Version Details Vulnerabilities
40 Application PHP PHP 5.0 RC2 Version Details Vulnerabilities
41 Application PHP PHP 5.0 RC3 Version Details Vulnerabilities
42 Application PHP PHP 5.0.0 Version Details Vulnerabilities
43 Application PHP PHP 5.0.1 Version Details Vulnerabilities
44 Application PHP PHP 5.0.2 Version Details Vulnerabilities
45 Application PHP PHP 5.0.3 Version Details Vulnerabilities
46 Application PHP PHP 5.0.4 Version Details Vulnerabilities
47 Application PHP PHP 5.0.5 Version Details Vulnerabilities
48 Application PHP PHP 5.1.0 Version Details Vulnerabilities
49 Application PHP PHP 5.1.1 Version Details Vulnerabilities
50 Application PHP PHP 5.1.2 Version Details Vulnerabilities
51 Application PHP PHP 5.1.3 Version Details Vulnerabilities
52 Application PHP PHP 5.1.4 Version Details Vulnerabilities
53 Application PHP PHP 5.1.5 Version Details Vulnerabilities
54 Application PHP PHP 5.1.6 Version Details Vulnerabilities

- Number Of Affected Versions By Product

Vendor Product Vulnerable Versions

- References For CVE-2006-5178
BUGTRAQ 20061009 PHP open_basedir with symlink() function Race Condition PoC exploit
XF php-openbasedir-security-bypass(29340)
VUPEN ADV-2006-3901
BID 20326 PHP Symbolic Link Open_Basedir Bypass Vulnerability Release Date:2006-12-22
TURBO TLSA-2006-38
OPENPKG OpenPKG-SA-2006.023
FULLDISC 20061003 Advisory 08/2006: PHP open_basedir Race Condition Vulnerability
BUGTRAQ 20061003 Advisory 08/2006: PHP open_basedir Race Condition Vulnerability
SECTRACK 1016977

- Metasploit Modules Related To CVE-2006-5178

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