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Date: Mon, 2 May 2011 15:24:30 -0400 (EDT)
From: Josh Bressers <>
Cc: Stephane Chauveau <>,
        Maynard Johnson <>,
        William Cohen <>,
        Robert Richter <>,
        "Steven M. Christey" <>
Subject: Re: CVE Request -- oprofile -- Local privilege
 escalation via crafted opcontrol event parameter when authorized by sudo

----- Original Message -----
> Hello Josh, Steve, vendors,
> It was found that oprofile profiling system did not properly sanitize
> the content of event argument, provided to oprofile profiling control
> utility (opcontrol). If a local unprivileged user was authorized by
> sudoers file to run the opcontrol utility, they could use the flaw
> to escalate their privileges (execute arbitrary code with the
> privileges
> of the privileged system user, root). Different vulnerability than
> CVE-2006-0576.
> References:
> [1]
> [2]
> Could you allocate a CVE id for this?
> Thank you & Regards, Jan.
> --
> Jan iankko Lieskovsky / Red Hat Security Response Team
> P.S.: Oprofile is not encouraged to be run under sudo, but still
> should not allow escalation of privileges.

I'm giving this an ID. oprofile is one of those tools that is likely to be
run as a privileged user.

Please use CVE-2011-1760



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