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Home : Advisories : Sec. Vulnerability in auto_parms

Title: Sec. Vulnerability in auto_parms
Released by: Hewlett-Packard
Date: 13th November 2000
Printable version: Click here

Digest Name:  daily security bulletins digest

    Created:  Mon Nov 13  3:00:03 PST 2000

Table of Contents:

Document ID      Title

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HPSBUX0011-130   Sec. Vulnerability in auto_parms

The documents are listed below.


Document ID:  HPSBUX0011-130

Date Loaded:  20001112

      Title:  Sec. Vulnerability in auto_parms




The information in the following Security Bulletin should be acted upon

as soon as possible.  Hewlett-Packard Company 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 auto_parms and set_parms

PLATFORM: HP9000 Series 700/800 running HP-UX releases 10.XX & 11.XX.

DAMAGE:   May allow remote users to gain root access or to disrupt

          normal operations.

SOLUTION: Apply the appropriate patches.

            for HP-UX release 11.00     PHCO_21993,

                HP-UX release 11.04     PHCO_22186,

                HP-UX release 10.20     PHCO_21992,

                HP-UX release 10.24     PHCO_22185,

                HP-UX release 10.10     PHCO_21991,

                HP-UX release 10.01     PHCO_21990.

AVAILABILITY: The patches are available now.



   A. Background

      Hewlett-Packard Company has been informed of a defect in the

      /sbin/auto_parms script.  There is potential for a Denial of

      Service (DoS) at boot time.

   B. Recommended solution

      Apply the appropriate patches noted below.

            s700_800 HP-UX release 11.00     PHCO_21993,

            s700_800 HP-UX release 11.04     PHCO_22186,

            s700_800 HP-UX release 10.20     PHCO_21992,

            s700_800 HP-UX release 10.24     PHCO_22185,

            s700_800 HP-UX release 10.10     PHCO_21991,

            s700_800 HP-UX release 10.01     PHCO_21990.

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