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HP-UX Software Distributor Buffer Overflow Vulnerability





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NSFOCUS Security Advisory(SA2003-07)

Topic: HP-UX Software Distributor Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

Release Date: 2003-11-13

CVE CAN ID: CAN-2003-0089

http://www.nsfocus.com/english/homepage/research/0307.htm

Affected system:
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- - HP-UX B.11.00
- - HP-UX B.11.11

Summary:
=========

NSFOCUS Security Team has found a buffer overflow in Software Distributor
utilities for HP-UX. By exploiting the vulnerability local attackers could
gain root privilege.

Description:
============

The Software Distributor(SD) utilities for HP-UX contain a number of programs
such as swinstall. These programs are used to create, install, distribute
and manage software products. A buffer overflow exists in the programs with
suid root bit (such as swinstalll/swmodify etc) and allows local attackers
to run arbitrary code with root privilege.

If the environment variable LANG is set as a over large string, programs such
as swinstall will copy it into a fixed-size buffer without any bound check,
which causes a stack overflow. By overwriting the returned address and other
data in the stack, local attackers could gain root privilege.

Workaround:
=============

NSFOCUS suggests to temporarily remove the suid root bit for all the
programs in SD utilities. 

# chmod a-s /usr/sbin/sw*

Vendor Status:
==============

2002.11.19 Informed the vendor
2002.12.05 Vendor confirmed the vulnerability
2003.11.05 Vendor released a security bulletin (HPSBUX0311-293) and relative
           patches for the vulnerability.

Detailed information for the HP security bulletin is available at:
http://www1.itrc.hp.com/service/cki/docDisplay.do?docId=HPSBUX0311-293

Note: Valid ITRC account is required for the link above.

Patch ID:

HP-UX B.11.00  PHCO_28847
HP-UX B.11.11  PHCO_28848

Additional Information:
========================

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the 
name CAN-2003-0089 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in the
CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for security 
problems. Candidates may change significantly before they become official
CVE entries.

Acknowledgment
===============

Yang Jilong of NSFOCUS Security Team found the vulnerability. 

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NSFOCUS Security Team <security@nsfocus.com>
NSFOCUS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CO.,LTD
(http://www.nsfocus.com)

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