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Uptux - Linux Privilege Escalation Checks (Systemd, Dbus, Socket Fun, Etc)

  1. last year


    Specialized privilege escalation checks for Linux systems.
    Implemented so far:

    • Writable systemd paths, services, timers, and socket units
    • Disassembles systemd unit files looking for:
    • References to executables that are writable
    • References to broken symlinks pointing to writeable directories
    • Relative path statements
    • Unix socket files that are writeable (sneaky APIs)
    • Writable D-Bus paths
    • Overly permissive D-Bus service settings
    • HTTP APIs running as root and responding on file-bound unix domain sockets

    These checks are based on things I encounter during my own research, and this tool is certainly not inclusive of everything you should be looking at. Don't skip the classics!


    All functionality is contained in a single file, because installing packages in restricted shells is a pain. Python2 compatibility will be maintained for those crap old boxes we get stuck with. However, as the checks are really aimed at more modern user-space stuff, it is unlikely to uncover anything interesting on an old box anyway.
    There is nothing to install, just grab the script and run it.

    usage: [-h] [-n] [-d]
    PrivEsc for modern Linux systems, by initstring (
    optional arguments:
      -h, --help       show this help message and exit
      -n, --nologging  do not write the output to a logfile
      -d, --debug      print some extra debugging info to the console


    For testing purposes, you can run the tests/ script, which will create many vulnerable configuration issues on your system that uptux can identify. Running tests/ will undo these changes, but don't hold me to it. Needless to say, this is dangerous.

    Use a VM for testing this way.

    Download Uptux


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