PostgreSQL 10.x before 10.1, 9.6.x before 9.6.6, 9.5.x before 9.5.10, 9.4.x before 9.4.15, 9.3.x before 9.3.20, and 9.2.x before 9.2.24 runs under a non-root operating system account, and database superusers have effective ability to run arbitrary code under that system account. PostgreSQL provides a script for starting the database server during system boot. Packages of PostgreSQL for many operating systems provide their own, packager-authored startup implementations. Several implementations use a log file name that the database superuser can replace with a symbolic link. As root, they open(), chmod() and/or chown() this log file name. This often suffices for the database superuser to escalate to root privileges when root starts the server.



Source: MITRE

Published: 2017-11-22

Updated: 2017-12-11

Type: CWE-59

Risk Information

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 7.2

Vector: (AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

Impact Score: 10

Exploitability Score: 3.9

Severity: HIGH

CVSS v3.0

Base Score: 6.7

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:H/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Impact Score: 5.9

Exploitability Score: 0.8

Severity: MEDIUM