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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   EMC Avamar Vendors:   EMC
EMC Avamar Data Store and Avamar Virtual Edition File Ownership Error Lets Local Users Obtain Root Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1037667
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2016-8214   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Jan 23 2017
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via local system, Root access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 7.3.0, 7.3.1
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in EMC Avamar Data Store and Avamar Virtual Edition. A local user can obtain root privileges on the target system.

A local administrative user can exploit a file ownership error to bypass sudo command restrictions and execute commands on the target system with root privileges.

Thorsten Tullmann from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A local user can obtain root privileges on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix (7.3.0 with Hotfix 268253, 7.3.1 with Hotfix 272363; Advisory ESA-2016-146).
Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any), UNIX (AIX), UNIX (FreeBSD), UNIX (HP/UX), UNIX (macOS/OS X), UNIX (Open UNIX-SCO), UNIX (Solaris - SunOS), Windows (Any)

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