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kermit buffer overflow on hp-ux


Re: buffer overflow in kermit

We were unable to duplicate the buffer overflow reported  by when the patches recommended in the following
security bulletin are installed.

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**REVISED 02**
 Originally issued: 18 December 2000
 Last Revised: 26 December 2002

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    The information in the following Security Bulletin should be
    acted upon as soon as possible.  Hewlett-Packard Company will
    not be liable for any consequences to any customer resulting
    from customer's failure to fully implement instructions in
    this Security Bulletin as soon as possible.
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ISSUE:  Kermit communications software contains a buffer overflow.

PLATFORM:  HP9000 Series 700 and 800 running HP-UX releases 11.00,
           10.20, 10.10 and 10.01.

POSSIBLE RESULT: Users could compromise system availability.

           Apply patches for HP-UX releases as follows:
                 for 11.00:           PHCO_22665 ,
   --->>>            10.20:           PHCO_23319 ,
   --->>>            10.10:           PHCO_23320 ,
   --->>>            10.01:           PHCO_23321.

AVAILABILITY: The patches are available now.

**REVISED 02**

CHANGE SUMMARY: Revision 01 Patches for 10.X are
                            built on current code base.
                Revision 02 add MANUAL ACTIONS field
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    A. Background
       Hewlett-Packard Company has become aware of a defect in the
       Kermit communications software supplied with its operating
       system in various releases.

    B. Fixing the problem *REVISED01*
       The problem can be fully resolved by applying the appropriate
       patches to the system. For HP-UX releases
                     11.00:           PHCO_22665 ,
   --->>>            10.20:           PHCO_23319 ,
   --->>>            10.10:           PHCO_23320 ,
   --->>>            10.01:           PHCO_23321.

       While this patch does not require a reboot, appropriately
       terminating any instances of Kermit before installation of the
       patch will assure that continued operation with Kermit is now
       with the patched binaries.

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