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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Sun Grid Engine Vendors:   Oracle, Sun
Oracle Grid Engine Lets Local Users and Remote Authenticated Users Gain Root Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1026950
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2012-0208, CVE-2012-0523   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Apr 18 2012
Impact:   Root access via local system, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 6.1, 6.2
Description:   Two vulnerabilities were reported in Oracle Grid Engine. A remote authenticated user can gain full control of the target system. A local user can obtain root privileges on the target system.

A remote authenticated user can exploit a flaw in qrsh to gain full control of the target system [CVE-2012-0208].

A local user can exploit a flaw in sgepasswd to gain root access on the target system [CVE-2012-0523].

The following researchers reported these and other Oracle vulnerabilities:

Alexander Kornbrust of Red Database Security; Andrea Micalizzi aka rgod, working with TippingPoint's Zero Day Initiative; Brian Gorenc TippingPoint DVLabs; Dave Love; David Litchfield of V3rity; Edward Torkington; Esteban Martinez Fayo of Application Security, Inc.; Frank Stuart; G & W Laboratories of TippingPoint's Zero Day Initiative; Nathan Catlow of Recx; Peter Maklary of LYNX Ltd.; Pierre Ernst of IBM Canada; Roberto Suggi Liverani of; Shrikant Antre and Sunil Yadav of Network Intelligence; Sow Ching Shiong, reported through Secunia; Vishal K; and William Hay.

Impact:   A remote authenticated user can gain full control of the target system.

A local user can obtain root privileges on the target system.

Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix, described in their April 2012 Critical Patch Update advisory.

The vendor's advisory is available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Not specified
Underlying OS:   Linux (Any), UNIX (AIX), UNIX (HP/UX), UNIX (OS X), UNIX (SGI/IRIX), UNIX (Solaris - SunOS)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Date:  Wed, 18 Apr 2012 01:43:37 +0000
Subject:  Oracle Grid Engine

CVE-2012-0208	Oracle Grid Engine
CVE-2012-0523	Oracle Grid Engine


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