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Security Update: [CSSA-2001-SCO.31] OpenServer: Sendmail debug input validation buffer overflow
From: security-alert () caldera com
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2001 15:44:19 -0800

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            Caldera International, Inc. Security Advisory

Subject:                OpenServer: Sendmail debug input validation buffer overflow
Advisory number:        CSSA-2001-SCO.31
Issue date:             2001 November 7
Cross reference:

1. Problem Description
        An input validation error exists in Sendmail's debugging
        functionality. This could be used by an unauthorized user to
        gain privilege.

2. Vulnerable Versions

        Operating System        Version         Affected Files
        OpenServer              5.0.4-5.0.6a    /usr/lib/sendmail

3. Workaround


4. OpenServer

  4.1 Location of Fixed Binaries


  4.2 Verification

        md5 checksums:
        d6fbe6e6ab98a0170c2d5029b4ade1bf        sendmail.Z

        md5 is available for download from


  4.3 Installing Fixed Binaries

        Upgrade the affected binaries with the following commands:

        # mv /usr/lib/sendmail /usr/lib/sendmail.orig
        # chmod 0 /usr/lib/sendmail.orig
        # uncompress /tmp/sendmail.Z
        # cp /tmp/sendmail /usr/lib
        # chown root:bin /usr/lib/sendmail
        # chmod 4711 /usr/lib/sendmail

5. References


        This and other advisories are located at

        This advisory addresses Caldera Security internal incidents
        sr851246, SCO-559-1306, and erg711828.

6. Disclaimer

        Caldera International, Inc. is not responsible for the misuse
        of any of the information we provide on our website and/or
        through our security advisories. Our advisories are a service
        to our customers intended to promote secure installation and
        use of Caldera International products.

7. Acknowledgements

        This vulnerability was discovered and researched by Cade
        Cairns <cairnsc () securityfocus com>.


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