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Vulnerability Score 4.6 4.6
CVE Id CVE-1999-1048
Last Modified 05 Sep 2008 04:18:36
Published 05 Sep 1998 12:00:00
Confidentiality Impact PARTIAL PARTIAL
Integrity Impact PARTIAL PARTIAL
Availability Impact PARTIAL PARTIAL
Access Vector LOCAL
Access Complexity LOW
Authentication NONE



Buffer overflow in bash 2.0.0, 1.4.17, and other versions allows local attackers to gain privileges by creating an extremely large directory name, which is inserted into the password prompt via the \w option in the PS1 environmental variable when another user changes into that directory.

Vulnerable Systems

Operating System

  • Debian Linux 1.3.1

  • Redhat Linux 4.2


XF - linux-bash-bo(3414)

DEBIAN - 19980909 problem with very long pathnames

BUGTRAQ - 19980905 BASH buffer overflow, LiNUX x86 exploit

BUGTRAQ - 19970821 Buffer overflow in /bin/bash

OSVDB - 8345

Last Updated: 27 May 2016 10:35:15