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SGI Advisory 19970401-01-PX - IRIX gmemusage program
From: agent99 () BOYTOY CSD SGI COM (SGI Security Coordinator)
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 1997 18:19:49 -0700


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______________________________________________________________________________
                Silicon Graphics Inc. Security Advisory

        Title:   IRIX gmemusage program
        Number:  19970401-01-PX
        Date:    April 21, 1997
______________________________________________________________________________

Silicon Graphics provides this information freely to the SGI user community
for its consideration, interpretation, implementation and use.   Silicon
Graphics recommends that this information be acted upon as soon as possible.

Silicon Graphics 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.
______________________________________________________________________________

- -------------------
- --- Description ---
- -------------------

A security vulnerability has been found with the gmemusage program
distributed in the Developer Toolbox versions 6.0 (based on IRIX 5.3)
6.1 (based on IRIX 6.2) and as part of the eoe.sw.perf subsystem for
IRIX 6.1 through 6.4.

Silicon Graphics Inc. 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 running
IRIX versions 5.x and 6.x.  This issue has been corrected in more recent
releases of IRIX and will be corrected in future releases of IRIX.


- --------------
- --- Impact ---
- --------------

The gmemusage program is used to graphically display a system's memory
usage.

Developer Toolbox versions 6.0 (based on IRIX 5.3) and 6.1 (based on
IRIX 6.2) contain the gmemusage program and source code.  With the
Developer Toolbox, the gmemusage program can be installed wherever
desired and on any IRIX version 5.x through 6.4.

With the release of IRIX 6.1, the gmemusage program is part of the
eoe.sw.perf subsystem and can be installed on IRIX 6.1, 6.2,
6.3 and 6.4.  The eoe.sw.perf is not installed by default.

A local account is required in order to exploit this vulnerability both
locally and remotely.

It is believed that this vulnerability information is not public
knowledge and this has afforded SGI the opportunity to fully investigate
this issue and provide the following information and solutions.



- --------------------------
- --- Temporary Solution ---
- --------------------------


Although patches are available for this issue, it is realized that
there may be situations where installing the patches immediately many
not be possible.

The steps below can be used to limit the vulnerability by removing
the setuid permission.   Once this is done, only root will be able
to run this program.


     1) Become the root user on the system.

                % /bin/su -
                Password:
                #

     2) Check to see where the program is located.

                # find / -type f -name gmemusage -local -print
                /usr/local/bin/gmemusage


     3) Remove the setuid permissions (in the example here
        gmemusage was found in the directory /usr/local/bin in
        step 2.  For IRIX 6.1-6.4, the eoe.sw.perf gmemusage
        program is installed in /usr/sbin).

                # /bin/chmod u-s /usr/local/bin/gmemusage


     4) Return to previous level.

                # exit
                $



- ----------------
- --- Solution ---
- ----------------


**** IRIX 5.x, 6.0, 6.0.1 and 6.1 ****

Unfortunately, there are no patches for these operating system versions.
To remove this vulnerability, either the steps above should be performed
or the system should be upgraded to a newer operating system version.



**** IRIX 6.2 ****

For the IRIX operating system version IRIX 6.2 an inst-able patch
has been generated and made available via anonymous FTP and your
service/support provider.  The patch is number 1973 and will install
on IRIX 6.2 only.

The SGI anonymous FTP site is sgigate.sgi.com (204.94.209.1) or its
mirror, ftp.sgi.com.   Patch 1973 can be found in the following
directories on the FTP server:

        ~ftp/Security

                or

        ~ftp/Patches/6.2


                        ##### Checksums ####

The actual patch will be a tar file containing the following files:

Filename:                 README.patch.1973
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    27020 7 README.patch.1973
Algorithm #2 (sum):       18313 7 README.patch.1973
MD5 checksum:             70024AC7413E26CCA7688B66CB0DEFA0

Filename:                 patchSG0001973
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    57340 1 patchSG0001973
Algorithm #2 (sum):       29215 1 patchSG0001973
MD5 checksum:             781F5B53C56D331B97C04C72E55E8686

Filename:                 patchSG0001973.eoe_sw
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    39526 181 patchSG0001973.eoe_sw
Algorithm #2 (sum):       17423 181 patchSG0001973.eoe_sw
MD5 checksum:             96A5675E5CE330EEFECDDCE11718AFAF

Filename:                 patchSG0001973.idb
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    44824 2 patchSG0001973.idb
Algorithm #2 (sum):       48660 2 patchSG0001973.idb
MD5 checksum:             A190C04BFB90CFFB6985D3C6AC66F42E



**** IRIX 6.3 ****

For the IRIX operating system version IRIX 6.3 an inst-able patch
has been generated and made available via anonymous FTP and your
service/support provider.  The patch is number 1974 and will install
on IRIX 6.3 only.

The SGI anonymous FTP site is sgigate.sgi.com (204.94.209.1) or its
mirror, ftp.sgi.com.   Patch 1974 can be found in the following
directories on the FTP server:

        ~ftp/Security

                or

        ~ftp/Patches/6.3


                        ##### Checksums ####

The actual patch will be a tar file containing the following files:

Filename:                 README.patch.1974
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    09813 8 README.patch.1974
Algorithm #2 (sum):       23714 8 README.patch.1974
MD5 checksum:             19DCFF52A7B71B27139B1335990298BF

Filename:                 patchSG0001974
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    27877 1 patchSG0001974
Algorithm #2 (sum):       28160 1 patchSG0001974
MD5 checksum:             A516888F72CA44CE53CF450EAA08DC42

Filename:                 patchSG0001974.eoe_sw
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    33109 174 patchSG0001974.eoe_sw
Algorithm #2 (sum):       61465 174 patchSG0001974.eoe_sw
MD5 checksum:             71A6021D4DD481E2CEA255BC300CB43F

Filename:                 patchSG0001974.idb
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    21162 2 patchSG0001974.idb
Algorithm #2 (sum):       48367 2 patchSG0001974.idb
MD5 checksum:             A882C99D6E89E6F329DD88673D14E78B



**** IRIX 6.4 ****

For the IRIX operating system version IRIX 6.4 an inst-able patch
has been generated and made available via anonymous FTP and your
service/support provider.  The patch is number 1975 and will install
on IRIX 6.4 only.

The SGI anonymous FTP site is sgigate.sgi.com (204.94.209.1) or its
mirror, ftp.sgi.com.   Patch 1975 can be found in the following
directories on the FTP server:

        ~ftp/Security

                or

        ~ftp/Patches/6.4


                        ##### Checksums ####

The actual patch will be a tar file containing the following files:

Filename:                 README.patch.1975
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    49348 8 README.patch.1975
Algorithm #2 (sum):       26377 8 README.patch.1975
MD5 checksum:             F6AFB26D388DC5B7D8C2BD21ADC4C5C5

Filename:                 patchSG0001975
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    33550 1 patchSG0001975
Algorithm #2 (sum):       29274 1 patchSG0001975
MD5 checksum:             D3BDA738FA0202A344FA536E0775AC46

Filename:                 patchSG0001975.eoe_sw
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    27139 197 patchSG0001975.eoe_sw
Algorithm #2 (sum):       47748 197 patchSG0001975.eoe_sw
MD5 checksum:             AA8B235BCB52188641160A7A3FE15438

Filename:                 patchSG0001975.idb
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    63814 2 patchSG0001975.idb
Algorithm #2 (sum):       48418 2 patchSG0001975.idb
MD5 checksum:             76400549B8FEF0A07FA8117AC7836047




- ------------------------
- --- Acknowledgments ---
- ------------------------

Silicon Graphics wishes to thank Serge Pachkovsky for his assistance
in this matter.



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

If there are questions about this document, email can be sent to
cse-security-alert () csd sgi com 

                      ------oOo------

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The primary SGI anonymous FTP site for security information and patches
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respectively. The Silicon Graphics Security Headquarters Web page is
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                      ------oOo------

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                      ------oOo------

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______________________________________________________________________________
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