Privilege escalation in IBM AIX

Published: 2018-02-06
Risk Low
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2017-1692
Exploitation vector Local
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
Operating systems & Components / Operating system

Vendor IBM Corporation

Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one low risk vulnerability.

1) Privilege escalation

Risk: Low

CVSSv3: 6.8 [CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:U/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2017-1692

CWE-ID: CWE-264 - Permissions, Privileges, and Access Controls

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows a local attacker to gain elevated privileges on the target system.

The weakness exists due to an unspecified flaw in bellmail, caccelstat, iostat, lquerypv, restbyinode, and vmstat. A local attacker can gain root privileges.


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Vulnerable software versions

IBM AIX: 5.3, 6.1, 7.1, 7.2

CPE External links

Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

No. This vulnerability can be exploited locally. The attacker should have authentication credentials and successfully authenticate on the system.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability.