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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.


  • Ryan Beisner
  • David Ames ( <David Ames (@thedac)>
  • bcoles <bcoles@gmail.com>




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
msf exploit(juju_run_agent_priv_esc) > set TARGET < target-id >
msf exploit(juju_run_agent_priv_esc) > show options
    ...show and set options...
msf exploit(juju_run_agent_priv_esc) > exploit

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