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Home : Advisories : Patch for kernel security issue

Title: Patch for kernel security issue
Released by: SCO
Date: 7th June 1996
Printable version: Click here

         SCO Security Bulletin 96:001

                               June 7, 1996

                      Patch for kernel security issue

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The Santa Cruz Operation has discovered the following problem present in

our Software:

I.   Description

     A problem in a kernel error handling routine may allow unauthorized

     root access to the system.

II.  Impact

     Any user with an account on the system may be able to gain root

     access by forcibly causing a particular kernel error handling routine

     to be executed. To gain access would require that the user intentionally

     write and then execute a program to exploit this problem. Alternatively,

     a user could unintentionally allow root access by executing a program

     previously written to take advantage of the problem.

III. Releases

     This problem exists on the following releases of SCO Products:

        SCO OpenServer 5

        SCO OpenServer 5.0.2

        SCO Internet FastStart 1.0

IV. Solution

     SCO is providing the following (S)upport (L)evel (S)upplement

     to address the issue. It is recommended that all systems installed

     with one of the above releases also have SLS oss436a installed.

     SLS oss436a is available as follows:

Anonymous ftp:

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        http://ftp.sco.COM/SLS/oss436a.Z         (patch disk)

        http://ftp.sco.COM/SLS/oss436a.ltr.Z     (cover letter/install notes)


- -----

     This SLS is also available to be downloaded via UUCP from the following


                sosco (USA)

                scolon (United Kingdom)

     The file names are:



     Telephone numbers and login names for UUCP are provided in the

     default /usr/lib/uucp/Systems file that ships with every SCO Operating



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     SLS oss436a is also available in Library 11 in the SCO Forum

     on Compuserve.

SCO Online Support (SOS) BBS:

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SLS oss436 can also be downloaded interactively via X, Y, Z MODEM or Kermit,

using the SCO Online Support System (SOS). Follow the menus selections under

"Toolchest" from the main SOS menu.

List of phone numbers available for interactive transfer from SOS are:

1-408-426-9495                  (USA)

+44 (0)1923 210 888             (United Kingdom)


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MD5 (oss436a.Z) = e1e76be4486958b64c996cd3a8a1a4ff

MD5 (oss436a.ltr.Z) = bbe35e5e4109b4f547757a37ab40f47b

sum -r:

06102    43 oss436a.Z

54199     5 oss436a.ltr.Z

Please note that these files are compressed. You must use the uncompress(C)

command on these files before following the installation instructions in

the resultant oss436a.ltr file.

If you have further questions, contact your support provider.  If you

need to contact SCO, please send electronic mail to support@sco.COM, or

contact SCO as follows.

        USA/Canada: 6am-5pm Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)


        1-800-347-4381  (voice)

        1-408-427-5443  (fax)

        Pacific Rim, Asia, and Latin American customers: 6am-5pm Pacific

        ------------------------------------------------ Daylight Time


        1-408-425-4726  (voice)

        1-408-427-5443  (fax)

        Europe, Middle East, Africa: 9am-5:30pm Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)


        +44 (0)1923 816344 (voice)

        +44 (0)1923 817781 (fax)

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