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CERT Advisory CA-99.08 - cmsd
From: aleph1 () UNDERGROUND ORG (Aleph One)
Date: Fri, 16 Jul 1999 19:27:17 -0700


CERT Advisory CA-99-08-cmsd

   Originally released: July 16, 1999
   Source: CERT/CC

Systems Affected

     * Systems running the Calendar Manager Service daemon, often named

I. Description

   A buffer overflow vulnerability has been discovered in the Calendar
   Manager Service daemon, rpc.cmsd. The rpc.cmsd daemon is frequently
   distributed with the Common Desktop Environment (CDE) and Open

II. Impact

   Remote and local users can execute arbitrary code with the privileges
   of the rpc.cmsd daemon, typically root. Under some configurations
   rpc.cmsd runs with an effective userid of daemon, while retaining root

   This vulnerability is being exploited in a significant number of
   incidents reported to the CERT/CC. An exploit script was posted to

III. Solution

   Install a patch from your vendor

   Appendix A contains information provided by vendors for this advisory.
   We will update the appendix as we receive more information. If you do
   not see your vendor's name, the CERT/CC did not hear from that vendor.
   Please contact your vendor directly.

   We will update this advisory as more information becomes available.
   Please check the CERT/CC Web site for the most current revision.

   Disable the rpc.cmsd daemon

   If you are unable to apply patches to correct this vulnerability, you
   may wish to disable the rpc.cmsd daemon. If you disable rpc.cmsd, it
   may affect your ability to manage calendars.

Appendix A: Vendor Information

   Hewlett-Packard Company

   HP is vulnerable, patches in process.

   IBM Corporation

   AIX is not vulnerable to the rpc.cmsd remote buffer overflow.
          IBM and AIX are registered trademarks of International Business
          Machines Corporation.

   Santa Cruz Operation, Inc.

   SCO is investigating this problem. The following SCO product contains
          CDE and is potentially vulnerable:

          + SCO UnixWare 7

          The following SCO products do not contain CDE, and are
          therefore believed not to be vulnerable:

          + SCO UnixWare 2.1
          + SCO OpenServer 5
          + SCO Open Server 3.0
          + SCO CMW+

          SCO will provide further information and patches if necessary
          as soon as possible at http://www.sco.com/security.

   Silicon Graphics, Inc.

   IRIX does not have dtcm or rpc.cmsd and therefore is NOT vulnerable.

          UNICOS does not have dtcm or rpc.cmsd and therefore is NOT

   Sun Microsystems, Inc.

   The following patches are available:

    SunOS version     Patch ID
    _____________     _________
    SunOS 5.5.1       104976-04
    SunOS 5.5.1_x86   105124-03
    SunOS 5.5         103251-09
    SunOS 5.5_x86     103273-07
    SunOS 5.3         101513-14
    SunOS 4.1.4       100523-25
    SunOS 4.1.3_U1    100523-25


    CDE version       Patch ID
    ___________       ________
    1.3               107022-03
    1.3_x86           107023-03
    1.2               105566-07
    1.2_x86           105567-08

          Patches for SunOS 5.4 and CDE 1.0.2 and 1.0.1 will be available
          within a week of the release of this advisory.

          Sun security patches are available at:


   The CERT Coordination Center would like to thank Chok Poh of Sun
   Microsystems, David Brumley of Stanford University, and Elias Levy of
   Security Focus for their assistance in preparing this advisory.

   This document is available from:

CERT/CC Contact Information

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          Phone: +1 412-268-7090 (24-hour hotline)
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   Revision History
   July 16, 1999:  Initial release

Version: 2.6.2


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