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Vulnerability Details : CVE-2008-4865

Untrusted search path vulnerability in valgrind before 3.4.0 allows local users to execute arbitrary programs via a Trojan horse .valgrindrc file in the current working directory, as demonstrated using a malicious --db-command options. NOTE: the severity of this issue has been disputed, but CVE is including this issue because execution of a program from an untrusted directory is a common scenario.
Publish Date : 2008-11-01 Last Update Date : 2009-03-30
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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 Low (Specialized access conditions or extenuating circumstances do not exist. Very little knowledge or skill is required to exploit. )
Authentication Not required (Authentication is not required to exploit the vulnerability.)
Gained Access None
Vulnerability Type(s) Execute Code
CWE ID CWE id is not defined for this vulnerability

- Vendor Statements

Red Hat is aware of this issue and is tracking it via the following bug: The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this issue as having low security impact, a future update may address this flaw. More information regarding issue severity can be found here:
Source: Redhat

- Additional Vendor Supplied Data

Vendor Impact CVSS Score CVSS Vector Report Date Publish Date
Redhat low
AV:L/AC:H/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P 2008-10-27 2008-10-27
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- Related OVAL Definitions

Title Definition Id Class Family
CVE-2008-4865 unix
RHEA-2010:0272: valgrind bug fix and enhancement update (Low) oval:com.redhat.rhea:def:20100272 unix
OVAL (Open Vulnerability and Assessment Language) definitions define exactly what should be done to verify a vulnerability or a missing patch. Check out the OVAL definitions if you want to learn what you should do to verify a vulnerability.

- Products Affected By CVE-2008-4865

# Product Type Vendor Product Version Update Edition Language
1 Application Valgrind Valgrind * RC1 * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
2 Application Valgrind Valgrind 1.9.6 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
3 Application Valgrind Valgrind 2.0.0 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
4 Application Valgrind Valgrind 2.1.0 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
5 Application Valgrind Valgrind 2.1.1 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
6 Application Valgrind Valgrind 2.2.0 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
7 Application Valgrind Valgrind 2.4.1 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
8 Application Valgrind Valgrind 2.4.1 * Powerpc * Version Details Vulnerabilities
9 Application Valgrind Valgrind 3.0.0 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
10 Application Valgrind Valgrind 3.0.1 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
11 Application Valgrind Valgrind 3.1.0 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
12 Application Valgrind Valgrind 3.1.1 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
13 Application Valgrind Valgrind 3.2.0 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
14 Application Valgrind Valgrind 3.2.1 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
15 Application Valgrind Valgrind 3.2.2 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
16 Application Valgrind Valgrind 3.2.3 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
17 Application Valgrind Valgrind 3.3.0 RC2 * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
18 Application Valgrind Valgrind 3.3.0 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
19 Application Valgrind Valgrind 3.3.0 RC3 * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
20 Application Valgrind Valgrind 3.3.0 RC1 * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
21 Application Valgrind Valgrind 3.3.1 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
22 Application Valgrind Valgrind 3.3.1 RC1 * * Version Details Vulnerabilities

- Number Of Affected Versions By Product

Vendor Product Vulnerable Versions
Valgrind Valgrind 22

- References For CVE-2008-4865
GENTOO GLSA-200902-03
SUSE SUSE-SR:2009:002
MLIST [valgrind-announce] 20090103 Valgrind-3.4.0 is available
MLIST [oss-security] 20081028 Re: CVE request: lynx (old) .mailcap handling flaw
MLIST [oss-security] 20081029 Re: CVE request: lynx (old) .mailcap handling flaw
MLIST [oss-security] 20081027 Re: CVE request: lynx (old) .mailcap handling flaw
MLIST [oss-security] 20081029 Re: CVE request: lynx (old) .mailcap handling flaw

- Metasploit Modules Related To CVE-2008-4865

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