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Description

This search detects the heap-based buffer overflow of sudoedit

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud

  • Last Updated: 2021-01-29
  • Author: Shannon Davis, Splunk
  • ID: 10f2bae0-bbe6-4984-808c-37dc1c67980d

Annotations

ATT&CK
ID Technique Tactic
T1068 Exploitation for Privilege Escalation Privilege Escalation
Kill Chain Phase
  • Exploitation
NIST
  • DE.CM
CIS20
  • CIS 8
  • CIS 12
  • CIS 16
CVE
ID Summary CVSS
CVE-2021-3156 Sudo before 1.9.5p2 contains an off-by-one error that can result in a heap-based buffer overflow, which allows privilege escalation to root via “sudoedit -s” and a command-line argument that ends with a single backslash character. 7.2
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`linux_hosts` 
| search sudoedit segfault 
| stats count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime by host 
| search count > 5 
| `detect_baron_samedit_cve_2021_3156_segfault_filter`

Macros

The SPL above uses the following Macros:

Note that detect_baron_samedit_cve-2021-3156_segfault_filter is a empty macro by default. It allows the user to filter out any results (false positives) without editing the SPL.

Required field

  • _time
  • host

How To Implement

Splunk Universal Forwarder running on Linux systems (tested on Centos and Ubuntu), where segfaults are being logged. This also captures instances where the exploit has been compiled into a binary. The detection looks for greater than 5 instances of sudoedit combined with segfault over your search time period on a single host

Known False Positives

If sudoedit is throwing segfaults for other reasons this will pick those up too.

Associated Analytic story

RBA

Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
25.0 50 50 tbd

Reference

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