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Juju-run Agent Privilege Escalation

This module attempts to gain root privileges on Juju agent systems running the juju-run agent utility. Juju agent systems running agent tools prior to version 1.25.12, 2.0.x before 2.0.4, and 2.1.x before 2.1.3, provide a UNIX domain socket to manage software ("units") without setting appropriate permissions, allowing unprivileged local users to execute arbitrary commands as root. This module has been tested successfully with Juju agent tools versions 1.18.4, 1.25.5 and 1.25.9 on Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS x86 deployed by Juju 1.18.1-trusty-amd64 and 1.25.6-trusty-amd64 on Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS x86_64.

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Module Name



  • Ryan Beisner
  • David Ames ( <David Ames ( [at] thedac)>
  • bcoles <bcoles [at]>



  • Auto


  • linux


  • x86
  • x64



Module Options

To display the available options, load the module within the Metasploit console and run the commands 'show options' or 'show advanced':

msf > use exploit/linux/local/juju_run_agent_priv_esc msf exploit(juju_run_agent_priv_esc) > show targets ...targets... msf exploit(juju_run_agent_priv_esc) > set TARGET <target-id> msf exploit(juju_run_agent_priv_esc) > show options and set options... msf exploit(juju_run_agent_priv_esc) > exploit

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