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Re: Exploit of rpc.cmsd
From: djast () CS TORONTO EDU (Dan Astoorian)
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 1999 13:05:29 -0400

On Wed, 14 Jul 1999 04:28:43 EDT, Casper Dik writes:

The following patches have now been released:

      107022-03       CDE 1.3 (Solaris 7/SPARC)
      107023-03       CDE 1.3_x86 (Solaris 7/x86)
      105567-08       CDE 1.2_x86  (Solaris 2.6)
      104976-04       OW 3.5.1     (Solaris 2.5.1)

(What about Solaris 2.4?)

Be aware that when these patches[*] are applied, the existing rpc.cmsd
process (if one exists) seems to be killed in a *prepatch* script--that
is, *before* the programs are updated.

This is not just a minor race condition: under at least some
circumstances, inetd will respawn rpc.cmsd *immediately* when it dies,
syslogging a message like:

 Jul 15 12:24:20 hostname inetd[150]: /usr/openwin/bin/rpc.cmsd: Child Status Changed

...thus, systems may still be running the old, vulnerable daemon after
installing the patch unless the rpc.cmsd process is killed *after* the
patch has been installed.

I couldn't begin to speculate about why Sun didn't make this a postpatch
script rather than a prepatch script.

In any case, killing off the rpc.cmsd process after installing the patch
will remedy the problem.

[*]I've only inspected the SPARC patches for Solaris 2.5.1 and later.

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