Multiple Vendor System V Derived 'login' Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

The 'login' program is used in UNIX systems to authenticate users with a username and password. The utility is typically invoked at the console, by 'telnetd', 'rlogind', and if configured to do so, SSH.

Versions of 'login' descended from System V UNIX contain a buffer overflow when handling environment variables. Several operating systems such as Solaris/SunOS, HP-UX, AIX, IRIX, and Unixware contain vulnerable versions of 'login'.

Unauthenticated clients can exploit this issue to execute arbitrary code as root. On systems where 'login' is installed setuid root, local attackers can elevate privileges.


 

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