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Apache Vulnerabilities on IRIX (CIAC M-058)


                       The U.S. Department of Energy
                     Computer Incident Advisory Center
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                             INFORMATION BULLETIN

                         Apache Vulnerabilities on IRIX
                     [SGI Security Advisory 20020301-01-P]

March 19, 2002 00:00 GMT                                          Number M-058
PROBLEM:       Two vulnerabilities have been identified in Apache webservers 
               shipped with IRIX. One vulnerability was found in the 
               split-logfile support program and another was found when 
               Multiviews are used to negotiate the directory index. 
PLATFORM:      SGI systems running IRIX 6.5.12, 6.5.13, 6.5.14 prior to Apache 
               version 1.3.22. 
DAMAGE:        These vulnerabilities might lead to a root compromise in some 
               configurations, and no local user account is required. 
SOLUTION:      Apply the vendor patch. 
VULNERABILITY  The risk is HIGH. A remote user may gain root access depending 
ASSESSMENT:    on system configuration. 
 ORIGINAL BULLETIN:                                                           

[***** Start SGI Security Advisory 20020301-01-P *****]


                          SGI Security Advisory

        Title:      Apache vulnerabilities on IRIX
        Number:     20020301-01-P
        Date:       March 15, 2002
        Reference:  CVE CAN-2001-0729
        Reference:  CVE CAN-2001-0730
        Reference:  CVE CAN-2001-0731

SGI provides this information freely to the SGI user community for its 
consideration, interpretation, implementation and use.   SGI recommends 
that this information be acted upon as soon as possible.

SGI 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 SGI 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 ---
- -----------------------

It has been reported that there are security vulnerabilities in Apache
webservers the versions of Apache we've shipped with IRIX.

   * A vulnerability was found in the split-logfile support program. A
   request with a specially crafted Host: header could allow any file with 
   a .log extension on the system to be written to if the "split logfile"
   feature is in use, which is not the default.

   * A vulnerability was found when Multiviews are used to negotiate the
   directory index. In some configurations, requesting a URI with a
   QUERY_STRING of M=D could return a directory listing rather than the
   expected index page.

SGI has investigated the issues and recommends the following steps for
neutralizing the exposure.  It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that these measures be
implemented on ALL vulnerable SGI systems.  These issues have been corrected
in IRIX 6.5.15, where we are now supplying Apache version 1.3.22.

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

The Apache webserver is supplied with IRIX versions since 6.5.12m/f as a
replacement for the older SGI FastTrack server.  It is installed by default,
and is enabled through "chkconfig" by default.

In order to determine if an SGI-supported version of Apache is installed,
execute the following command:

  # versions -b | grep sgi_apache

If a line similar to the following line is returned, then a vulnerable
version of Apache is installed:

  I  sgi_apache       10/30/2001  SGI Web Server based on Apache, 1.3.20a

If a line similar to the following is returned, then version of Apache 
that is installed is not vulnerable to the security issues addressed in 
this advisory:

  I  sgi_apache        01/23/2002  SGI Web Server based on Apache, 1.3.22

These vulnerabilities might lead to a root compromise in some
configurations, and no local user account is required.

These vulnerabilities have been reported by ApacheWeek and have been 
publicly discussed in Usenet newsgroups and mailing lists.

These apache vulnerabilities were assigned the following CVEs:

- ----------------------------
- --- Temporary Workaround ---
- ----------------------------

SGI acknowledges that it may not always be possible to immediately install
patches or upgrade the operating system.  In those cases, we recommend
disabling the Apache webserver by using the following command:

  # /etc/init.d/apache stop

Then ensure it will not restart when the system is rebooted by issuing the
following command:

  # chkconfig apache off

For further insurance, you can uninstall it with the following command:

  # versions remove sgi_apache*

It is not necessary to reboot the system after doing this.  You should
upgrade the operating system as soon as it is possible to do so.

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

SGI has not provided a patch for these issues, but instead has rolled the
Apache 1.3.22 distribution into IRIX 6.5.15 and later releases of the
operating system.

   OS Version     Vulnerable?     Patch #      Other Actions
   ----------     -----------     -------      -------------
   IRIX 3.x          no                        Note 1
   IRIX 4.x          no                        Note 1
   IRIX 5.x          no                        Note 1
   IRIX 6.0.x        no                        Note 1
   IRIX 6.1          no                        Note 1
   IRIX 6.2          no                        Note 1
   IRIX 6.3          no                        Note 1
   IRIX 6.4          no                        Note 1
   IRIX 6.5          no                        Note 2
   IRIX 6.5.1        no                        Note 2
   IRIX 6.5.2        no                        Note 2
   IRIX 6.5.3        no                        Note 2
   IRIX 6.5.4        no                        Note 2
   IRIX 6.5.5        no                        Note 2
   IRIX 6.5.6        no                        Note 2
   IRIX 6.5.7        no                        Note 2
   IRIX 6.5.8        no                        Note 2
   IRIX 6.5.9        no                        Note 2
   IRIX 6.5.10       no                        Note 2
   IRIX 6.5.11       no                        Note 2
   IRIX 6.5.12       yes    sgi_apache 1.3.22  Note 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.13       yes    sgi_apache 1.3.22  Note 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.14       yes    sgi_apache 1.3.22  Note 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.15       no


     1) This version of the IRIX operating has been retired. Upgrade to an
        actively supported IRIX operating system.  See for more

     2) If you have not received an IRIX 6.5.X CD for IRIX 6.5, contact your
        SGI Support Provider or URL:

     3) Install sgi_apache 1.3.22 which is supplied with the IRIX 6.5.15
        Applications CD or available as sgi_apache-1.3.22.tar from:{6.5.12-6.5.14}

                ##### Patch File Checksums ####

The actual patch will be a tar file containing the following files:

Filename:                 sgi_apache
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    53827 6 sgi_apache
Algorithm #2 (sum):       46547 6 sgi_apache
MD5 checksum:             B0AD8BED8F9F7FAA8AEC0A97002C10CB

Filename:                 sgi_apache.books
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    02961 2858 sgi_apache.books
Algorithm #2 (sum):       44391 2858 sgi_apache.books
MD5 checksum:             9E2B175B9B4CD20E3A9AD75C14EEFEE0

Filename:                 sgi_apache.idb
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    09227 218 sgi_apache.idb
Algorithm #2 (sum):       49194 218 sgi_apache.idb
MD5 checksum:             45519FF6EFAC71BD0BBB1764DE3693D5

Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    02004 86
Algorithm #2 (sum):       473 86
MD5 checksum:             4D4724DC0F7257E4E94E76B3C4EC2170

Filename:                 sgi_apache.src
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    42099 4255 sgi_apache.src
Algorithm #2 (sum):       39837 4255 sgi_apache.src
MD5 checksum:             0B840255E1180FE0F237649CAA4C00B0

Filename:                 sgi_apache.sw
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    08271 1703 sgi_apache.sw
Algorithm #2 (sum):       21058 1703 sgi_apache.sw
MD5 checksum:             B93134BFE21F87858BD4B34B3B32F5B6

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

SGI wishes to thank CVE, the Apache Foundation and the users of the Internet
Community at large for their assistance in this matter.

- -------------------
- --- References ----
- -------------------

SGI Security Advisories can be found at: and

SGI Security Patches can be found at: and

SGI patches for IRIX can be found at the following patch servers: and

SGI freeware updates for IRIX can be found at:

SGI fixes for SGI open sourced code can be found on:

SGI patches and RPMs for Linux can be found at: or

SGI patches for Windows NT or 2000 can be found at:

IRIX 5.2-6.4 Recommended/Required Patch Sets can be found at: and

IRIX 6.5 Maintenance Release Streams can be found at:

IRIX 6.5 Software Update CDs can be obtained from:

The primary SGI anonymous FTP site for security advisories and patches is (  Security advisories and patches are
located under the URL

For security and patch management reasons, (mirrors 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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Version: 2.6.2


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