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IRIX nveventd vulnerability
From: SGI Security Coordinator <agent99 () sgi com>
Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2002 13:24:07 -0700 (PDT)

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                          SGI Security Advisory

        Title:      nveventd vulnerability
        Number:     20020607-02-I
        Date:       June 24, 2002
        Reference:  CAN-2002-0631
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- --- Update ---
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Fixed formatting issue which caused PGP signature failure on some mailers.


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- --- Issue Specifics ---
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It's been reported that the /usr/NetVis/etc/nveventd component of
NetVisualyzer can be configured to allow an unprivileged user to write to
any file on the system.  This could potentially lead to a root exploit.

SGI 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.

Since the NetVisualyzer product is being moved to Legacy support mode, SGI
has no plans to fix this problem and advises following the workaround
outlined in this bulletin.


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- --- Impact ---
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The /usr/NetVis/etc/nveventd daemon is part of the optional NetVisualyzer
(specifically, "netman_display.sw.links") package, and is not installed by
default on IRIX 6.5 systems.

To determine the version of IRIX you are running, execute the following
command:

  # uname -R

That will return a result similar to the following:

  # 6.5 6.5.15f

The first number ("6.5") is the release name, the second ("6.5.15f" in this
case) is the extended release name.  The extended release name is the
"version" we refer to throughout this document.

To see if nveventd is installed, execute the following command:

  # versions netman_display.sw.links
  I = Installed, R = Removed

     Name                 Date      Description

     I  netman_display           05/22/101  NetVisualyzer Display Station
                                            Version, 2.2.1
     I  netman_display.sw        05/22/101  NetVisualyzer Display Station
                                            Software
     I  netman_display.sw.links  05/22/101  NetVisualyzer Display Station
                                            Software Links

If the output resembles the above, then the package is installed and the
system is vulnerable.

This vulnerability was assigned the following CVE:
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2002-0631


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- --- Temporary Workaround ---
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SGI will not be releasing patches for this problem, as the product is being
moved into Legacy support mode.  Instead, we recommend removing the suid bit
from the nveventd binary by performing the following command:

  # chmod u-s /usr/NetVis/etc/nveventd

After running that command, the permissions and ownership should look like
this:

  # ls -l /usr/NetVis/etc/nveventd
  -r-xr-xr-x    1 root sys   70468 May 22  2001 /usr/NetVis/etc/nveventd

This will fix the problem, and no further action is required.  Note that
after doing this, only privileged users (typically root) will be able to
run nveventd.


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- --- Solution ---
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SGI will not be providing a fix or patches for this issue, as the product
is being moved into Legacy support mode. Our recommendation is to follow
the instructions in the Temporary Workaround section above.

   OS Version     Vulnerable?     Patch #      Other Actions
   ----------     -----------     -------      -------------
   IRIX 3.x        unknown                     Note 1
   IRIX 4.x        unknown                     Note 1
   IRIX 5.x        unknown                     Note 1
   IRIX 6.0.x      unknown                     Note 1
   IRIX 6.1        unknown                     Note 1
   IRIX 6.2        unknown                     Note 1
   IRIX 6.3        unknown                     Note 1
   IRIX 6.4        unknown                     Note 1
   IRIX 6.5          yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.1        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.2        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.3        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.4        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.5        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.6        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.7        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.8        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.9        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.10       yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.11       yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.12       yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.13       yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.14       yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.15       yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.16       yes                       Notes 2 & 3

   NOTES

     1) This version of the IRIX operating has been retired. Upgrade to an
        actively supported IRIX operating system.  See
        http://support.sgi.com/irix/news/index.html#policy for more
        information.

     2) If you have not received an IRIX 6.5.X CD for IRIX 6.5, contact your
        SGI Support Provider or URL: http://support.sgi.com/irix/swupdates/

     3) Follow the workaround instructions above.


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- --- Acknowledgments ----
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SGI wishes to thank Walter Roberson for his assistance in this matter.

SGI also wishes to thank Dave Ahmad for catching the bad PGP signature.


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- --- Links ---
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SGI Security Advisories can be found at:
http://www.sgi.com/support/security/ and
ftp://patches.sgi.com/support/free/security/advisories/

SGI Security Patches can be found at:
http://www.sgi.com/support/security/ and
ftp://patches.sgi.com/support/free/security/patches/

SGI patches for IRIX can be found at the following patch servers:
http://support.sgi.com/irix/ and ftp://patches.sgi.com/

SGI freeware updates for IRIX can be found at:
http://freeware.sgi.com/

SGI fixes for SGI open sourced code can be found on:
http://oss.sgi.com/projects/

SGI patches and RPMs for Linux can be found at:
http://support.sgi.com/linux/ or
http://oss.sgi.com/projects/sgilinux-combined/download/security-fixes/

SGI patches for Windows NT or 2000 can be found at:
http://support.sgi.com/nt/

IRIX 5.2-6.4 Recommended/Required Patch Sets can be found at:
http://support.sgi.com/irix/ and ftp://patches.sgi.com/support/patchset/

IRIX 6.5 Maintenance Release Streams can be found at:
http://support.sgi.com/colls/patches/tools/relstream/index.html

IRIX 6.5 Software Update CDs can be obtained from:
http://support.sgi.com/irix/swupdates/

The primary SGI anonymous FTP site for security advisories and patches is
patches.sgi.com (216.32.174.211).  Security advisories and patches are
located under the URL ftp://patches.sgi.com/support/free/security/

For security and patch management reasons, ftp.sgi.com (mirrors
patches.sgi.com security FTP repository) lags behind and does not do a
real-time update.


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- --- SGI Security Information/Contacts ---
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If there are questions about this document, email can be sent to
security-info () sgi com 

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