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Buffer Overflow Vulnerability in suidperl/sperl program
From: agent99 () BOYTOY CSD SGI COM (SGI Security Coordinator)
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 1998 15:09:20 -0700



                Silicon Graphics Inc. Security Advisory

        Title:   Buffer Overflow Vulnerability in suidperl/sperl program
        Title:   CERT CA-97.17 and AUSCERT AA-97.13
        Number:  19980404-01-I
        Date:    April 6, 1998

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
Silicon Graphics 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 ---
- -----------------------

The suidperl or sperl program is an altered versions of PERL which allows
PERL scripts to be run under the setuid of a particular user.

Unfortunately, a buffer overrun has been discovered in the suidperl/sperl
program which could allow arbitrary commands to be run as the
privileged user root.

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.

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

As a service to its customers, Silicon Graphics provides IRIX installable
inst images of many popular "free" software packages and can be found
on the SGI Freeware 1.0/2.0 CD or online at:


The suidperl/sperl program is freeware and is not installed by default.

Versions 5.003 and lower of suidperl/sperl have this buffer overrun

With a local account, the suidperl/sperl buffer overrun vulnerability can be
exploited locally and remotely.

The suidperl/sperl buffer overrun vulnerability can be utilized to execute
commands with root privileges.

The suidperl/sperl buffer overrun vulnerability has been publicly discussed
in Usenet newsgroups and mailing lists and also reported in CERT Advisory
CA-97.17 and AUSCERT Advisory AA-97.13.

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

Although new releases of suidperl/sperl are available to fix this issue, it
is realized that there may be situations where installing the new release
immediately may not be possible.

To determine if a system is vulnerable to this problem and to disable
the programs that are believed to be vulnerable, use the following steps.

     1) Become the root user on the system.

                % /bin/su -

     2) Find suidperl or sperl programs and disable them.

        You will need to run the find(1) command on each system you
        maintain because the command examines files on local disks only.

        Note that this is one long command, though we have separated it
        onto five lines using backslashes.

                # find / -local -type f -user root \
                  \( -name 'sperl4.[0-9][0-9][0-9]' \
                  -o -name 'sperl5.00[0-3]' \
                  -o -name 'suidperl' \) \
                  -perm -04000 -print -ok chmod ug-s '{}' \;

        This command will find all files on a system that are
        - only in the file system you name (/ -local)
        - regular files (-type f)
        - owned by root (-user root)
        - named appropriately (-name 'sperl4.[0-9][0-9][0-9]' -o -name
          'sperl5.00[0-3]' -o -name 'suidperl')
        - setuid root (-perm -04000)

        Once found, those files will
        - have their names printed (-print)
        - have their modes changed, but only if you type `y' in response
          to the prompt (-ok chmod ug-s '{}' \;)

        After you have run this command on all your systems, they will no
        longer be vulnerable. Note that after disabling the suidperl and sperl
        programs, they will no longer be able to emulate the set-user-ID and
        set-group-ID features of the kernel.

     3) Return to previous level.

                # exit

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

No Silicon Graphic's patches are available for freeware software.
As freeware software, all reasonable efforts will be made to address
the issue in future releases of the Silicon Graphic's Freeware.

Unsupported patches are publicly available from http://www.perl.com/

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

Silicon Graphics wishes to thank the Internet Community, CERT Coordination
Center, and AUSCERT for their assistance in this matter.

- -----------------------------------------------------------
- --- Silicon Graphics Inc. Security Information/Contacts ---
- -----------------------------------------------------------

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cse-security-alert () sgi com 


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