Published: 27/08/2003 Updated: 18/10/2016
CVSS v2 Base Score: 4.6 | Impact Score: 6.4 | Exploitability Score: 3.9
VMScore: 465
Vector: AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Vulnerability Summary

Multiple buffer overflows in man-db 2.4.1 and previous versions, when installed setuid, allow local users to gain privileges via (1) MANDATORY_MANPATH, MANPATH_MAP, and MANDB_MAP arguments to add_to_dirlist in manp.c, (2) a long pathname to ult_src in ult_src.c, (3) a long .so argument to test_for_include in ult_src.c, (4) a long MANPATH environment variable, or (5) a long PATH environment variable.

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man-db provides the standard man(1) command on Debian systems During configuration of this package, the administrator is asked whether man(1) should run setuid to a dedicated user ("man") in order to provide a shared cache of preformatted manual pages The default is for man(1) NOT to be setuid, and in this configuration no known vulnerability exi ...


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