CVE-2019-2832 – Local privilege escalation via CDE dtprintinfo

A buffer overflow in the DtPrinterAction::PrintActionExists() function in the Common Desktop Environment 2.3.0 and earlier, as used in Oracle Solaris 10 1/13 (Update 11) and earlier, allows local users to gain root privileges via a long printer name passed to dtprintinfo by a malicious lpstat program.

Note that Oracle Solaris CDE is based on the original CDE 1.x train, which is different from the CDE 2.x codebase that was later open sourced. Most notably, the vulnerable buffer in the Oracle Solaris CDE is stack-based, while in the open source version it is heap-based.

This is a 0day vulnerability demonstrated at #INFILTRATE19 on May 2nd, 2019 in the talk “A bug’s life: story of a Solaris 0day”.