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Solaris RSH Stack Clash Privilege Escalation

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Solaris RSH Stack Clash Privilege Escalation



This module exploits a vulnerability in RSH on unpatched Solaris systems which allows users to gain root privileges. The stack guard page on unpatched Solaris systems is of insufficient size to prevent collisions between the stack and heap memory, aka Stack Clash. This module uploads and executes Qualys' Solaris_rsh.c exploit, which exploits a vulnerability in RSH to bypass the stack guard page to write to the stack and create a SUID root shell. This module has offsets for Solaris versions 11.1 (x86) and Solaris 11.3 (x86). Exploitation will usually complete within a few minutes using the default number of worker threads (10). Occasionally, exploitation will fail. If the target system is vulnerable, usually re-running the exploit will be successful. This module has been tested successfully on Solaris 11.1 (x86) and Solaris 11.3 (x86).


  • Qualys Corporation
  • 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/solaris/local/rsh_stack_clash_priv_esc
msf exploit(rsh_stack_clash_priv_esc) > show targets
msf exploit(rsh_stack_clash_priv_esc) > set TARGET < target-id >
msf exploit(rsh_stack_clash_priv_esc) > show options
    ...show and set options...
msf exploit(rsh_stack_clash_priv_esc) > exploit

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