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HP-UX X11 Motif Libraries Vulnerability



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                             INFORMATION BULLETIN

                    HP-UX X11/Motif Libraries Vulnerability
                    (Update to X11/Motif in Bulletin H-92a)

September 9, 1997 21:00 GMT                                       Number H-103
PROBLEM:       Vulnerabilities exist in the X11/Motif libraries which can
               cause buffer overflow conditions.
PLATFORM:      HP9000 Series 700/800 running releases 9.X and 10.X.
DAMAGE:        Suid/sgid programs linked with X11/Motif libraries can be
               exploited to increase privileges.
SOLUTION:      Install the patches listed below.
VULNERABILITY  The information in the following Security Bulletin should be
ASSESSMENT:    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.

[ Start Hewlett-Packard Advisory ]

Document ID:  HPSBUX9707-067
Date Loaded:  970909
      Title:  Buffer overflows in X11/Motif libraries

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Last Revised: 08 September 1997
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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:  Buffer overflows in X11/Motif libraries.

PLATFORM: HP9000 Series 700/800 running releases 9.X and 10.X

DAMAGE:   Suid/sgid programs linked with X11/Motif libraries can
          be exploited to increase privileges.

SOLUTION: Install the patches listed below.  Any programs that are
          linked archived with any previous versions of the X11/Motif
          libraries must be relinked with the libraries in the patches.

AVAILABILITY:  The patches are available now.

CHANGE SUMMARY:  Added patches for HP-UX 10.24.
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   A. Background - Several buffer overflow conditions have been
                   identified.  These have been present in all
                   previous versions of the X11/Motif libraries.

   B. Fixing the problem - Install the applicable patches:
      **REVISED 01**

      PHSS_11626         9.X X11R5/Motif1.2  Runtime
      PHSS_11627         9.X X11R5/Motif1.2  Development

      PHSS_11043       10.0X X11R5/Motif1.2  Runtime (also for 10.10)
      PHSS_11044       10.0X X11R5/Motif1.2  Development

      PHSS_11043       10.10 X11R5/Motif1.2  Runtime (also for 10.0X)
      PHSS_11045       10.10 X11R5/Motif1.2  Development

      PHSS_11628       10.20 X11R5/Motif1.2  Runtime
      PHSS_11629       10.20 X11R5/Motif1.2  Development

      PHSS_11628       10.20 X11R6/Motif1.2  Runtime
      PHSS_11630       10.20 X11R6/Motif1.2  Development

  -->>PHSS_11021       10.24 VVOS X/Motif Runtime July97 Periodic patch

      PHSS_9858          9.X VUE 3.0

      PHSS_9804        10.01 VUE 3.0

      PHSS_9805        10.10/10.20 VUE 3.0

      PHSS_11373         9.X JSE A.B9.40

      Then relink any suid/sgid programs that use X11 or Motif archived

   C. Recommended solution - Install the applicable patches and
      relink archived suid/sgid programs.

   D. Impact of the patch - The fixes are in the X11/Motif patches.
      The VUE and JSE patches make use of the libraries in the
      X11/Motif patches.

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