Solaris rpc.rwalld Remote Format String Arbitrary Code Execution

High Nessus Plugin ID 10950


An RPC service is running.


The rpc.walld RPC service is running. Some versions of this server allow an attacker to gain root access remotely, by consuming the resources of the remote host then sending a specially formed packet with format strings to this host.

Solaris 2.5.1, 2.6, 7, 8 and 9 are vulnerable to this issue. Other operating systems might be affected as well.

Nessus did not check for this vulnerability, so this might be a false positive.


Deactivate this service.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 10950

File Name: rwalld_format_string.nasl

Version: 1.27

Type: remote

Family: RPC

Published: 2002/05/02

Updated: 2018/07/27

Dependencies: 11936, 10223

Configuration: Enable paranoid mode

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 7.5

Temporal Score: 5.5

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

Required KB Items: rpc/portmap, Settings/ParanoidReport

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2002/04/30

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2002-0573

BID: 4639