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Ingres Database for Linux ingvalidpw Untrusted Library Path Vulnerability



Ingres Database is a database server used in several Computer Associates' products. For example, CA Directory Service use thes Ingres Database server. More information can be found on the vendor's website at the following URL.


Local exploitation of an untrusted library path vulnerability in the "ingvalidpw" utility, as included in Ingres Database 2006 Release 2 for Linux, allows attackers to execute arbitrary code with root privileges.

The vulnerability exists within the "ingvalidpw" utility included with Ingres database. This utility is used to verify a user's credentials, and is installed set-uid root. When loading shared libraries, the "ingvalidpw" program will load libraries from a directory owned by the "ingres" user. By using a specially crafted library, a user with "ingres" privileges can gain root.


Exploitation of this vulnerability allows an attacker to elevate their privileges from the "ingres" user to root. By itself, this is not that serious of a vulnerability. However, when combined with the libbecompat and verifydb vulnerabilities it allows an unprivileged local user to gain root privileges.


iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Ingres 2006 Enterprise Edition Release 2 for Linux x86 (32-bit). Other versions may also be affected.


iDefense is currently unaware of any workarounds for this issue.


"This problem has been identified and resolved by Ingres in the following releases: Ingres 2006 release 2 (9.1.0), Ingres 2006 release 1 (9.0.4), and Ingres 2.6."

For more information, refer to Ingres' advisory at the following URL.


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name CVE-2008-3357 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (, which standardizes names for security problems.


07/20/2007 Initial vendor response
07/23/2007 Initial vendor notification
08/01/2008 Coordinated public disclosure


The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.

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