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Permissions, Privileges, and Access Controls


Severity High
Score 7.8/10


In BMC Patrol before, the binary "listguests64" is configured with the setuid bit. However, when executing it, it will look for a binary named "virsh" using the PATH environment variable. The "listguests64" program will then run "virsh" using root privileges. This allows local users to elevate their privileges to root.

  • LOW
  • HIGH
  • NONE
  • LOW
  • HIGH
  • HIGH

CWE-264 - Permissions Privileges and Access Controls

CWE 264 (permissions, privileges, and access controls) is not a weakness in and of itself, rather it is a category of weaknesses related to the management of permissions, privileges, and other security features used to perform access control. If not addressed, the weaknesses in this category allow attackers to gain privileges for an unintended sphere of control, access sensitive information, and execute arbitrary commands.


Advisory Timeline

  • Published