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Home : Advisories : Security Vulnerability in Remote Watch

Title: Security Vulnerability in Remote Watch
Released by: HP
Date: 2nd March 1995
Printable version: Click here
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      HEWLETT-PACKARD SECURITY BULLETIN: #00020, 31 January 95

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Hewlett-Packard recommends that 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.


PROBLEM:  Security vulnerability in Remote Watch in fileset WATCH-RUN for

          releases of HP-UX.

PLATFORM: HP 9000 series 300/400s & 700/800s running HP-UX revisions 8.X, 9.X.

DAMAGE:   A vulnerability in Remote Watch exists allowing users to potentially

          gain increased privileges.

SOLUTION: Apply patch PHSS_5136 (series 800    , HP-UX 9.X), or

                      PHSS_5185 (series 800    , HP-UX 8.X), or

                      PHSS_5107 (series 700    , HP-UX 9.X), or

                      PHSS_5180 (series 700    , HP-UX 8.X), or

                      PHSS_5120 (series 300/400, HP-UX 9.X), or

                      PHSS_5168 (series 300/400, HP-UX 8.X).

AVAILABILITY: All patches are available now.


I. Update

   A. It has been found that HP-UX systems with Remote Watch installed

   have this vulnerability.  The vulnerability allows users to potentially

   gain increased privileges.

   If these patches are installed, then the vulnerability cannot be exploited.

   B. Fixing the problem

   The vulnerability can be eliminated from releases 8.X and 9.X of HP-UX

   by applying a patch.

   Hewlett-Packard recommends that all customers concerned with the

   security of their HP-UX systems apply the appropriate patch as soon as


   C. How to Install the Patch (for HP-UX 8.X and 9.X)

   1.  Determine which patch is appropriate for your hardware platform

       and operating system:

                      PHSS_5136 (series 800    , HP-UX 9.X),

                      PHSS_5185 (series 800    , HP-UX 8.X),

                      PHSS_5107 (series 700    , HP-UX 9.X),

                      PHSS_5180 (series 700    , HP-UX 8.X),

                      PHSS_5120 (series 300/400, HP-UX 9.X),

                      PHSS_5168 (series 300/400, HP-UX 8.X),

   2.  Hewlett Packard's HP-UX patches are available via email

       and WWW (MOSAIC)

        To obtain a copy of the HP SupportLine email service user's guide,

        send the following in the TEXT PORTION OF THE MESSAGE to

        support@support.mayfield.hp.com (no Subject is required):

                      send guide

        The users guide explains the process for downloading HP-UX patches

        via email and other services available.

        WWW (MOSAIC) service (downloading of patches) is

        also available via WWW (MOSAIC) our URL is:


   3.  Apply the patch to your HP-UX system.

   4.  Examine /tmp/update.log for any relevant WARNINGs or ERRORs.  This

       can be done as follows:

       a.  At the shell prompt, type "tail -60 /tmp/update.log | more"

       b.  Page through the next three screens via the space bar, looking

           for WARNING or ERROR messages.

   D. Impact of the patch and workaround

       No patches will be available for versions of HP-UX prior to 8.0.

   E. To subscribe to automatically receive future NEW HP Security

        Bulletins from the HP SupportLine mail service via electronic

        mail, send an email message to:

                 support@support.mayfield.hp.com   (no Subject is required)

        Multiple instructions are allowed in the TEXT PORTION OF THE

        MESSAGE, here are some basic instructions you may want to use:

        To add your name to the subscription list for new security

        bulletins, send the following in the TEXT PORTION OF THE MESSAGE:

                  subscribe security_info

        To retrieve the index of all HP Security Bulletins issued to date,

        send the following in the TEXT PORTION OF THE MESSAGE:

                  send security_info_list

        WWW (MOSAIC) service (Browsing of Bulletins) is also available

        via WWW (MOSAIC) our URL is: (http://support.mayfield.hp.com)

        Choose "Support News", then under Support News,

        choose "Security Bulletins"

    F.  To report new security vulnerabilities, send email to:


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