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Sun Security Bulletin #00150
From: aleph1 () DFW NET (Aleph One)
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 1997 05:08:42 -0500


                   Sun Microsystems, Inc. Security Bulletin

Bulletin Number:        #00150
Date:                   August 12, 1997
Cross-Ref:              CERT CA-97.13
Title:                  Vulnerability in xlock
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1.  Bulletins Topics

    Sun announces the release of patches for Solaris 2.5.1, 2.5, 2.4, 2.3,
    (SunOS 5.5.1, 5.5, 5.4, 5.3), SunOS 4.1.4, and 4.1.3_U1, which relate
    to a vulnerability in the xlock program.

    Sun strongly recommends that you install the patches listed in section 4
    immediately on systems running SunOS 5.5.1, 5.5, 5.4, 5.3, 4.1.4, and
    4.1.3_U1. Exploit information is publicly available.

2.  Who is Affected

    Vulnerable:  SunOS versions 5.5.1, 5.5.1_x86, 5.5, 5.5_x86,
                                5.4, 5.4_x86, 5.3, 4.1.4, and 4.1.3_U1

    The vulnerability is fixed in the upcoming release of Solaris.

3.  Understanding the Vulnerability

    The xlock program locks the local X display until the user supplies a
    password. Due to insufficient bounds checking on arguments supplied to
    xlock it is possible to overwrite the stack space of the xlock program.
    As xlock is setuid root, this vulnerability may be exploited by users on
    a system to gain root access.

4.  List of Patches

    The vulnerability in xlock is fixed by the following patches:

    OS version          Patch ID
    __________          ________
    SunOS 5.5.1         103566-20
    SunOS 5.5.1_x86     105109-01
    SunOS 5.5           103210-20
    SunOS 5.5_x86       105108-01
    SunOS 5.4           102057-38
    SunOS 5.4_x86       105110-01
    SunOS 5.3           101362-50
    SunOS 4.1.4         100478-02
    SunOS 4.1.3_U1      100478-02

5.  Checksum Table

    The checksum table below shows the BSD checksums (SunOS 4.1.x: /bin/sum;
    SunOS 5.x: /usr/ucb/sum), SVR4 checksums (SunOS 5.x: /usr/bin/sum), and
    the MD5 digital signatures for the above-mentioned patches that are
    available from:


    These checksums may not apply if you obtain patches from your answer

File Name         BSD         SVR4         MD5
_______________   _________   __________   _______________________________
103566-20.tar.Z   01319 3189  4044 6378    D7534B10A32CC600972973B39850A622
105109-01.tar.Z   44172 144   14499 287    16CEC591C71EE814E8475EC62EAF2903
103210-20.tar.Z   45065 3270  36740 6540   E413A4D5CD4A43F3ACDDDF3E78628099
105108-01.tar.Z   55743 143   43259 286    8EA202FF2C7D2FEA47424FBA53F11FA2
102057-38.tar.Z   09646 1909  60808 3817   D3C1FEB1C242DDD68BAA4F56DB70CD3F
105110-01.tar.Z   05813 130   30121 260    2CE9A43C4F38D787AFAAE92E57287553
101362-50.tar.Z   12142 6482  58259 12964  887B3277462D9051D4630C7A753855C3
100478-02.tar.Z   09802 60    47925 120    1981F145B09AAAC7B73193FF82DDF8D5

A.  Patches listed in this bulletin are available to all Sun customers via
    World Wide Web at:


    Customers with Sun support contracts can also obtain patches from local
    Sun answer centers and SunSITEs worldwide.

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