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SGI Mail mailx sort timed and gzip Vulnerabilities (CIAC M-067)


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             SGI Mail, mailx, sort, timed, and gzip Vulnerabilities
                     [SGI Security Advisory 20020401-02-P]

April 11, 2002 21:00 GMT                                          Number M-067
PROBLEM:       SGI has identified vulnerabilities in Mail, mailx, sort, timed, 
               and gzip. These vulnerabilities could lead to a 
               denial-of-service or root exploit. 
PLATFORM:      These utilities are all installed by default on all IRIX 6.5 
               systems. All IRIX 6.5 systems are vulnerable except IRIX 
DAMAGE:        An attacker can cause a denial-of-service or gain root 
               privileges. Some vulnerabilities might be exploited remotely. 
SOLUTION:      Install the appropriate patch or upgrade to IRIX 6.5.16. 
VULNERABILITY  The risk is MEDIUM. Some of the vulnerabilities identified in 
ASSESSMENT:    this advisory require a local user account. 
 CIAC BULLETIN:      http://www.ciac.org/ciac/bulletins/m-067.shtml 
 ORIGINAL BULLETIN:                                                           

[***** Start SGI Security Advisory 20020401-02-P *****]



                          SGI Security Advisory

        Title:      Mail, mailx, sort, timed and gzip vulnerabilities
        Number:     20020401-02-P
        Date:       April 11, 2002
        Reference:  CAN-2002-0041 Mail -R coredumps
        Reference:  CVE-2001-0565 mailx -F coredumps
        Reference:  CVE-2001-0310 sort uses predictable temp files
        Reference:  CVE-2001-0388 timed can die when sent malformed packets
        Reference:  CAN-2001-1228 gzip buffer overflow

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- --- Update Info ---
- -------------------

Updated title, inserted CVE reference numbers and clarified the 
Impact section.

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- --- Issue Specifics ---
- -----------------------

It has been reported that certain standard utilities in IRIX had security

  o  "mailx" and "Mail" could be made to dump core
  o  "sort" was using predictably-named temporary files
  o  "timed" could die when sent null packets
  o  "gzip" had a buffer overflow vulnerability

These vulnerabilities could lead to a denial-of-service or root exploit.  
In the case of Mail/mailx, a local account may not be required.

SGI has investigated the issues and recommends the following steps for 
neutralizing the exposure.  It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that these measures 
be implemented on ALL vulnerable SGI systems. 

These issues have been corrected in future releases of IRIX.

- --------------
- --- Impact ---
- --------------

These utilities are all installed by default on all IRIX 6.5 systems.

The timed vulnerability may be exploited by a remote user, and no local
account is required.

The mailx and Mail vulnerabilities currently require a local account
to be exploited, but can be possibly extended to be a remote exploit
which requires no local account.

The sort and gzip vulnerabilities require a local account in
order to be exploited.

These vulnerabilities were assigned the following CVEs:

CVE-2001-0310 sort uses predictable temp files

CVE-2001-0388 timed can die when sent malformed packets

CVE-2001-0565 mailx -F coredumps

CAN-2001-1228 gzip buffer overflow

CAN-2002-0041 Mail -R coredumps

- ----------------------------
- --- Temporary Workaround ---
- ----------------------------

There is no effective workaround available for these problems. 
SGI recommends either upgrading to IRIX 6.5.16 when it is released, 
or installing the appropriate patch from the listing below.

- ----------------
- --- Solution ---
- ----------------

SGI has provided patches for these vulnerabilities. Our recommendation is
to upgrade to IRIX 6.5.16 when available, or install the appropriate patch.

   OS Version     Vulnerable?     Patch #      Other Actions
   ----------     -----------     -------      -------------    
   IRIX 3.x        unknown                     Note 1
   IRIX 4.x        unknown                     Note 1
   IRIX 5.x        unknown                     Note 1
   IRIX 6.0.x      unknown                     Note 1          
   IRIX 6.1        unknown                     Note 1         
   IRIX 6.2        unknown                     Note 1
   IRIX 6.3        unknown                     Note 1
   IRIX 6.4        unknown                     Note 1
   IRIX 6.5          yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.1        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.2        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.3        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.4        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.5        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.6        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.7        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.8        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.9        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.10       yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.11m      yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.11f      yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.12m      yes          4534
   IRIX 6.5.12f      yes          4535
   IRIX 6.5.13m      yes          4534
   IRIX 6.5.13f      yes          4535
   IRIX 6.5.14m      yes          4534
   IRIX 6.5.14f      yes          4535
   IRIX 6.5.15m      yes          4534
   IRIX 6.5.15f      yes          4535
   IRIX 6.5.16       no
     1) This version of the IRIX operating has been retired. 
        Upgrade to an actively supported IRIX operating system.  See
        http://support.sgi.com/irix/news/index.html#policy for more

     2) If you have not received an IRIX 6.5.X CD for IRIX 6.5, contact your 
        SGI Support Provider or URL: http://support.sgi.com/irix/swupdates/

     3) Upgrade to IRIX 6.5.16m or 6.5.16f. Security patches can be found on:
        ftp://patches.sgi.com/support/free/security/patches/ and

                ##### Patch File Checksums ####

The actual patch will be a tar file containing the following files:

Filename:                 README.patch.4534
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    13804 8 README.patch.4534
Algorithm #2 (sum):       43355 8 README.patch.4534
MD5 checksum:             83E7A7D05DDF3E173309056F3FBB7118

Filename:                 patchSG0004534
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    05536 4 patchSG0004534
Algorithm #2 (sum):       64119 4 patchSG0004534
MD5 checksum:             68E26B998FDC80EE323C2F6A606713B6

Filename:                 patchSG0004534.eoe_man
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    08170 18 patchSG0004534.eoe_man
Algorithm #2 (sum):       57899 18 patchSG0004534.eoe_man
MD5 checksum:             7CF0A1FD73120A7FD8994ACCF3FAD2F7

Filename:                 patchSG0004534.eoe_src
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    08489 45 patchSG0004534.eoe_src
Algorithm #2 (sum):       5610 45 patchSG0004534.eoe_src
MD5 checksum:             F779DA0E1D6BE7DD85628F1353A51721

Filename:                 patchSG0004534.eoe_sw
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    30309 593 patchSG0004534.eoe_sw
Algorithm #2 (sum):       3676 593 patchSG0004534.eoe_sw
MD5 checksum:             A381709E021AB90ACCC5699A23252073

Filename:                 patchSG0004534.idb
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    03657 3 patchSG0004534.idb
Algorithm #2 (sum):       39027 3 patchSG0004534.idb
MD5 checksum:             B02861A4AAAA0A55FC948DABE336A5FE

Filename:                 README.patch.4535
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    06473 8 README.patch.4535
Algorithm #2 (sum):       43295 8 README.patch.4535
MD5 checksum:             04E693105557879E040221FCCB5451B8

Filename:                 patchSG0004535
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    18098 4 patchSG0004535
Algorithm #2 (sum):       4005 4 patchSG0004535
MD5 checksum:             537B4360CC89815E68A11A06494F6EE0

Filename:                 patchSG0004535.eoe_man
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    08170 18 patchSG0004535.eoe_man
Algorithm #2 (sum):       57899 18 patchSG0004535.eoe_man
MD5 checksum:             7CF0A1FD73120A7FD8994ACCF3FAD2F7

Filename:                 patchSG0004535.eoe_src
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    51272 45 patchSG0004535.eoe_src
Algorithm #2 (sum):       60860 45 patchSG0004535.eoe_src
MD5 checksum:             C1E9DA4D44A5403A8C6D1445E6CD6D88

Filename:                 patchSG0004535.eoe_sw
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    07781 595 patchSG0004535.eoe_sw
Algorithm #2 (sum):       26585 595 patchSG0004535.eoe_sw
MD5 checksum:             6CC83AF18C45DECA0F4D4E73B69E39DA

Filename:                 patchSG0004535.idb
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    07659 3 patchSG0004535.idb
Algorithm #2 (sum):       39136 3 patchSG0004535.idb
MD5 checksum:             BE50603142EFEC2EC1515E4D6BA10235

- ------------------------
- --- Acknowledgments ----
- ------------------------

SGI wishes to thank CERT, GOBBLES, NASA, Walter Roberson and the users of
the Internet Community at large for their assistance in this matter.

- ------------------
- --- References ---
- -------------------     

SGI Security Advisories can be found at:
http://www.sgi.com/support/security/ and

SGI Security Patches can be found at:
http://www.sgi.com/support/security/ and 

SGI patches for IRIX can be found at the following patch servers:
http://support.sgi.com/irix/ and ftp://patches.sgi.com/

SGI freeware updates for IRIX can be found at:

SGI fixes for SGI open sourced code can be found on:

SGI patches and RPMs for Linux can be found at:
http://support.sgi.com/linux/ or 

SGI patches for Windows NT or 2000 can be found at:

IRIX 5.2-6.4 Recommended/Required Patch Sets can be found at:
http://support.sgi.com/irix/ and ftp://patches.sgi.com/support/patchset/

IRIX 6.5 Maintenance Release Streams can be found at:

IRIX 6.5 Software Update CDs can be obtained from:

The primary SGI anonymous FTP site for security advisories and patches is
patches.sgi.com (  Security advisories and patches are
located under the URL ftp://patches.sgi.com/support/free/security/

For security and patch management reasons, ftp.sgi.com (mirrors
patches.sgi.com security FTP repository) lags behind and does not do a
real-time update.

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- --- SGI Security Information/Contacts ---
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If there are questions about this document, email can be sent to


SGI provides security information and patches for use by the entire SGI 
community.  This information is freely available to any person needing the
information and is available via anonymous FTP and the Web. 

The primary SGI anonymous FTP site for security advisories and patches is
patches.sgi.com (  Security advisories and patches are
located under the URL ftp://patches.sgi.com/support/free/security/

The SGI Security Headquarters Web page is accessible at the URL:

For issues with the patches on the FTP sites, email can be sent to 

For assistance obtaining or working with security patches, please
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encourages interested parties to self-subscribe to receive (via email) all 
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Version: 2.6.2


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