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Home : Advisories : InPerson Vulnerabilities

Title: InPerson Vulnerabilities
Released by: SGI
Date: 20th November 2000
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                          SGI Security Advisory

        Title:   InPerson Vulnerabilities

    Reference:   CAN-2000-0799

       Number:   20001101-01-I

        Date:    November 20, 2000


SGI provides this information freely to the SGI user community for its

consideration, interpretation, implementation and use.   SGI recommends

that this information be acted upon as soon as possible.

SGI provides the information in this Security Advisory on an "AS-IS" basis

only, and disclaims all warranties with respect thereto, express, implied

or otherwise, including, without limitation, any warranty of merchantability

or fitness for a particular purpose.  In no event shall SGI be liable for

any loss of profits, loss of business, loss of data or for any indirect,

special, exemplary, incidental or consequential damages of any kind arising

from your use of, failure to use or improper use of any of the instructions

or information in this Security Advisory.


- -----------------------

- --- Issue Specifics ---

- -----------------------

InPerson is a multimedia desktop conferencing tool for IRIX workstations.

There have been several reports of vulnerabilities in InPerson which

allow users with local accounts on IRIX workstations to obtain root


SGI has investigated the issue and recommends the following steps for

neutralizing the exposure.  It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that these measures

be implemented on ALL vulnerable SGI systems.

- --------------

- --- Impact ---

- --------------

InPerson is installed by default on IRIX 5.3 through IRIX 6.5.10.

A local user account on the vulnerable system is required in order to

exploit the InPerson application.

These vulnerabilities can lead to a root compromise.

This vulnerabilities have been publicly discussed in Usenet newsgroups

and Security mailing lists or web sites:






- --------------------------

- --- Temporary Solution ---

- --------------------------

The steps below can be used to remove the InPerson application to prevent

exploitation of this vulnerability.

     1) Check to see if the vulnerable subsystem is installed.

        All versions of InPerson are vulnerable.

        % versions -b InPerson

           Name        Date        Description

        I  InPerson    07/18/2000  InPerson Desktop Conferencing, 2.2.1

     2) Become the root user on the system.

        % /bin/su -



     3) Remove the vulnerable subsystem.

        # versions remove InPerson

     4) Return to previous level.

        # exit


When possible, install SGImeeting to replace InPerson conferencing


- ----------------

- --- Solution ---

- ----------------

No SGI patches are currently available for the InPerson application.

Please remove the InPerson software from your system with steps

in Temporary Solution section.

InPerson functionality has been replaced with SGImeeting which is

compatible with Microsoft NetMeeting, PictureTel LiveShare Plus,

SunForum, HP Visual Conference and other T.120 compliant clients.

Information on SGImeeting is available at:


SGImeeting 1.4 is available for IRIX 6.5.6 and above:


SGImeeting 2.0 is available for IRIX 6.5.2 and above:


- ------------------------

- --- Acknowledgments ----

- ------------------------

SGI wishes to thank the users of the Internet Community at large for

their assistance in this matter.

- -----------------------------------------

- --- SGI Security Information/Contacts ---

- -----------------------------------------

If there are questions about this document, email can be sent to



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