Privilege escalation in Sudo

Published: 2020-01-31 | Updated: 2020-02-01
Risk Low
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2019-18634
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 information about 1 vulnerabilities.

Updated 01.02.2020

Fixed error in bulletin severity, changed from high to low.

1) Stack-based buffer overflow

EUVDB-ID: #VU24810

Risk: Low


CVE-ID: CVE-2019-18634


Exploit availability:


The vulnerability allows a local user to execute arbitrary code on the target system.

The vulnerability exists due to a boundary error within the getln() function in tgetpass.c, if pwfeedback is enabled in /etc/sudoers. A local user can trigger stack-based buffer overflow and execute arbitrary code on the target system with elevated privileges.

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may result in complete compromise of vulnerable system.


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Vulnerable software versions

Sudo: 1.8.0 - 1.8.30

Fixed software versions

CPE2.3 External links

Q & A

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