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Solaris SADMIND Exploitation
Sep 18 2003 08:18PM
H D Moore (rootdown-announce metasploit com)
The exploitation method is different from the iDefense advisory, this code only
requires a single UDP packet to the sadmind service to execute commands.
$ wget http://www.metasploit.com/tools/rootdown.pl >/dev/null 2>&1
$ chmod 755 rootdown.pl
+-----==[ rootdown.pl => Solaris SADMIND Remote Command Execution
Usage: ./rootdown.pl -h <target> -c <command> [options]
-i Start interactive mode (for multiple commands)
-p Avoid the portmapper and use this sadmind port
-r Query alternate portmapper on this UDP port
-v Display information about this exploit
$ ./rootdown.pl -v
Author: H D Moore <hdm[at]metasploit.com>
This exploit targets a weakness in the default security settings
of the sadmind RPC application. This application is installed and
enabled by default on most versions of the Solaris operating
The sadmind application defaults to a weak security mode known as
AUTH_SYS (or AUTH_UNIX under Linux/BSD). When running in this mode,
the service will accept a structure containing the user and group
IDs as well as the originating system name. These values are not
validated in any form and are completely controlled by the client.
If the standard sadmin RPC API calls are used to generate the request,
the ADM_CLIENT_HOST parameter is filled in with the hostname of the
client system. If the RPC packet is modified so that this field is
set to the hostname of the remote system, it will be processed as
if it was a local request. If the user ID is set to zero or the
value of any user in the sysadmin group, it is possible to call
arbitrary methods in any class available to sadmind.
If the Solstice AdminSuite client software has not been installed,
the only class available is 'system', which only contains a single
method called 'admpipe'. The strings within this program seem to
suggest that it can be used run arbitrary commands, however I chose
a different method of command execution. Since each method is simply
an executable in the class directory, it is possible to use a
standard directory traversal attack to execute any application.
We can pass arguments to these methods using the standard API.
An example of spawning a shell which executes the 'id' command:
# apm -c system -m ../../../../../bin/sh -a arg1=-c arg2=id
To exploit this vulnerability, we must create a RPC packet that
calls the '/bin/sh' method, passing it the parameter of the command
we want to execute. To do this, packet dumps of the 'apm' tool
were obtained and the format was slowly mapped. The hostname of
the target system must be known for this exploit to work, however
when sadmind is called with the wrong name, it replies with a
'ACCESS DENIED' error message containing the correct name. The
final code does the following:
1) Queries the portmapper to determine the sadmind port
2) Sends an invalid request to sadmind to obtain the hostname
3) Uses the hostname to forge the RPC packet and execute commands
This vulnerability was reported by Mark Zielinski and disclosed by iDefense.
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