Format string error in Sudo

Published: 2012-02-01 | Updated: 2020-07-28
Risk Low
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2012-0809
Exploitation vector Local
Public exploit Public exploit code for vulnerability #1 is available.
Vulnerable software
Client/Desktop applications / Software for system administration

Vendor Sudo

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one low risk vulnerability.

1) Format string error

EUVDB-ID: #VU32823

Risk: Low


CVE-ID: CVE-2012-0809

CWE-ID: CWE-134 - Use of Externally-Controlled Format String

Exploit availability: Yes


The vulnerability allows a local non-authenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code.

Format string vulnerability in the sudo_debug function in Sudo 1.8.0 through 1.8.3p1 allows local users to execute arbitrary code via format string sequences in the program name for sudo.


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Vulnerable software versions

Sudo: 1.8.0 - 1.8.3p1

CPE2.3 External links

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