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HP-UX Swinstall Command Vulnerability




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                             INFORMATION BULLETIN

                 HP-UX swinstall command in SD-UX Vulnerability
          Update to HP Software Installation Programs in Bulletin H-19

July 15, 1997 23:00 GMT                                            Number H-81
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PROBLEM:       A vulnerability exists in the HP Software Distributor product,
               SD-UX, in the swinstall command.
PLATFORM:      HP 9000 Series 700/800s running HP-UX releases 9.X and 10.X
DAMAGE:        May allow local users unauthorized root access.
SOLUTION:      Apply patches as needed:
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VULNERABILITY  Exploit details involving this vulnerability have been made
ASSESSMENT:    publicly available. All patches are available now. Hewlett
               Packard recommends that this should be acted upon as soon as
               possible.
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[ Start Hewlett-Packard Advisory ]

Document ID:  HPSBUX9707-064
Date Loaded:  970715
      Title:  Security Vulnerability in swinstall command

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          HEWLETT-PACKARD SECURITY BULLETIN: #00064, 15 July 97
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The information in the following Security Bulletin should be acted upon
as soon as possible.  Hewlett Packard will not be liable for any
consequences to any customer resulting from customer's failure to fully
implement instructions in this Security Bulletin as soon as possible.

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PROBLEM:  Security Vulnerability in swinstall command

PLATFORM: HP 9000 Series 700/800s running HP-UX releases 9.X and 10.X

DAMAGE:   Allows local users unauthorized root access.

SOLUTION: Apply the following patches as needed:

                 PHCO_10652 for HP-UX release 10.00 and 10.01,
                 PHCO_10028 for HP-UX release 10.10,
                 PHCO_11004 for HP-UX release 10.20,
                 PHCO_11185 for HP-UX release 10.16,
                 PHCO_11183 for HP-UX release 10.24.
            For SD OV (released on 9.X) PHCO_11162 9.0[04]
                                        PHCO_11161 9.0[1357]

AVAILABILITY: All patches are available now.

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I.
   A. Background
      Hewlett-Packard Company has learned of a defect in the Software
      Distributor (SD) product, as documented in CERT Advisory CA-96.27.
      The patches mentioned herein remove the need for the workaround
      published in that advisory.

   B. Fixing the problem
      Before continuing the use of SD, the system administrator needs to
      obtain and apply the patches mentioned above.

   C. Recommended solution
      The patch is a cumulative libc patch and and fully fixes a
      vulnerability discovered in the utility.

   D. To subscribe to automatically receive future NEW HP Security
      Bulletins from the HP SupportLine Digest service via electronic
      mail, do the following:

      1)  From your Web browser, access the URL:

          http://us-support.external.hp.com
          (for US,Canada, Asia-Pacific, and Latin-America)

          http://europe-support.external.hp.com  (for Europe)

      2)  On the HP Electronic Support Center main screen, select
          the hyperlink "Support Information Digests".

      3)  On the "Welcome to HP's Support Information Digests" screen,
          under the heading "Register Now", select the appropriate
          hyperlink "Americas and Asia-Pacific", or "Europe".

      4)  On the "New User Registration" screen, fill in the fields for
          the User Information and Password and then select the button
          labeled "Submit New User".

      5)  On the "User ID Assigned" screen, select the hyperlink
          "Support Information Digests".

          ** Note what your assigned user ID and password are for
            future reference.

      6)  You should now be on the "HP Support Information Digests Main"
          screen.  You might want to verify that your email address is
          correct as displayed on the screen.  From this screen, you may
          also view/subscribe to the digests, including the security
          bulletins digest.

      To get a patch matrix of current HP-UX and BLS security patches
      referenced by either Security Bulletin or Platform/OS, click on
      following screens in order:
         Technical Knowledge Database
         Browse Security Bulletins
         Security Bulletins Archive
         HP-UX Security Patch Matrix

   E. To report new security vulnerabilities, send email to

          security-alert@hp.com

      Please encrypt any exploit information using the security-alert
      PGP key, available from your local key server, or by sending a
      message with a -subject- (not body) of 'get key' (no quotes) to
      security-alert@hp.com.

   Permission is granted for copying and circulating this Bulletin to
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   Any other use of this information is prohibited.  HP is not liable
   for any misuse of this information by any third party.


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CIAC wishes to acknowledge the contributions of Hewlett Packard for the
information contained in this bulletin.
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