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CIAC Bulletin G-45: Vulnerability in HP VUE
From: kelley6 () llnl gov (Marcey Kelley)
Date: Fri, 20 Sep 1996 11:47:38 -0500


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                       The U.S. Department of Energy
                    Computer Incident Advisory Capability
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                             INFORMATION BULLETIN

                            Vulnerability in HP VUE

September 18, 1996 15:00 GMT                                       Number G-45
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PROBLEM:       By exploiting vulnerabilities in HP VUE 3.0 it is possible to
               increase privileges and launch denial of service attacks.
PLATFORM:      HP 9000 series 700/800 systems running versions 10.01 and 10.10
               of HP-UX.
DAMAGE:        By exploiting these vulnerabilities, a local user can obtain
               root access.
SOLUTION:      Apply the patches and/or workarounds provided in the vendor
               bulletin below.
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VULNERABILITY  These vulnerabilities are widely known.
ASSESSMENT:
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[Begin HP Bulletin]

Description: Security Vulnerability in HP VUE3.0
==============================================================================

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HEWLETT-PACKARD SECURITY BULLETIN: HPSBUX9609-038,  10 September 1996
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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.

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PROBLEM:  Using Vue 3.0 on only HP-UX releases 10.01 and 10.10 it is
          possible to increase privileges and launch denial of service
          attacks.

PLATFORM: HP 9000 series 700/800 systems running only versions 10.01 and
          10.10 of HP-UX

DAMAGE:   Increased privilege and denial of service.

SOLUTION: Apply patch PHSS_7752 (HP-UX 10.01), or
                      PHSS_7753 (HP-UX 10.10), or
                      update to HP-UX release 10.20.

AVAILABILITY: All patches are available now.

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I.    VUE

   A. Background

      Hewlett-Packard has found problems in the Visual User Environment
      (VUE3.0) version shipped with currently supported HP-UX releases
      on HP9000 series 700/800.

   B. Fixing the problem

      The above patches for the fileset X11.VUE-RUN were created to
      eliminate the problem with VUE3.0.  This vulnerability can be
      eliminated by installing the patches referenced herein.

   C. Impact of the patch

      The patches provide a new version of the necessary executables
      to fix the vulnerability.  Installation instructions are contained
      within the patches.

[End HP Bulletin]

_______________________________________________________________________________

CIAC wishes to acknowledge the contributions of Hewlett Packard for the
information contained in this bulletin.
_______________________________________________________________________________

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