AIX Invscoutd Symbolic Link Vulnerability

Reportedly AIX invscoutd insecurely handles temporary files; this may allow a local attacker to destroy data on vulnerable system. This issue is due to a design error that allows a user to specify a log file that the process writes to while holding escalated privileges.

This issue may allow a malicious user to corrupt arbitrary files on the affected system, potentially leading to a system wide denial of service condition. It has also been conjectured that this issue may be leveraged to allow an attacker to gain escalated privileges, although this is unconfirmed.


 

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