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HP-UX FTP Vulnerability




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

        	           HP-UX FTP Vulnerability

November 29, 1995 18:00 GMT                                          Number G-05
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PROBLEM:        Security vulnerability in ftp in releases 9.X and 10.X of HP-UX
PLATFORM:	HP-UX 9.X and 10.X, on HP 9000 series 300/400s and 700/800s
DAMAGE:         A vulnerability in ftp behavior exists which involves ftp
                server bouncing.
SOLUTION:       Apply patch PHNE_6013 (series 700/800, HP-UX 9.x), or
                      PHNE_6014 (series 700/800, HP-UX 10.x), or
                      PHNE_6146 (series 300/400, HP-UX 9.x), or
                      PHNE_6170 (series 700, HP-UX 9.09), or
                      PHNE_6169 (series 700, HP-UX 9.09+), or
                      PHNE_6171 (series 800, HP-UX 9.08)
                      PHNE_5965 (series 700, HP-UX 10.09)
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VULNERABILITY   The vulnerability allows users to exploit ftp.
ASSESSMENT:     
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Hewlett-Packard has made public a vulnerability in their ftp and ftpd
software. Below is the information they have released.

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      HEWLETT-PACKARD SECURITY BULLETIN: HPSBUX9511-028, 28 Nov 95
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Hewlett-Packard recommends that the information in the following
Security Bulletin should be acted upon as soon as possible. Hewlett-
Packard 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.

_________________________________________________________________________
PROBLEM:  Security vulnerability in ftp in releases 9.X and 10.X of HP-UX
PLATFORM: HP 9000 series 300/400s and 700/800s
DAMAGE:   A vulnerability in ftp behavior exists which involves ftp
          server bouncing.  This is a cumulative ftp(1) and ftpd(1M)
          patch.

SOLUTION: Apply patch PHNE_6013 (series 700/800, HP-UX 9.x), or
                      PHNE_6014 (series 700/800, HP-UX 10.x), or
                      PHNE_6146 (series 300/400, HP-UX 9.x), or
                      PHNE_6170 (series 700, HP-UX 9.09), or
                      PHNE_6169 (series 700, HP-UX 9.09+), or
                      PHNE_6171 (series 800, HP-UX 9.08)
                      PHNE_5965 (series 700, HP-UX 10.09)

AVAILABILITY:
          All patches are available now, except for the 9.0X BLS patches
          which will be available after January 2, 1996.

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I. Update


   A. Vulnerability
   The vulnerability allows users to exploit ftp.  If these patches
   are properly installed, the vulnerability cannot be exploited.
   It has been found that all HP-UX systems have this vulnerability.

   B. Fixing the problem

   The vulnerability can be eliminated from releases 9.x and 10.x of
   HP-UX by applying a patch.  To treat only the commercial releases of
   HP-UX prior to 9.x, administrators should make plans to upgrade their
   systems to a currently supported release listed above.

   Hewlett-Packard recommends that all customers concerned with the
   security of their HP-UX systems either apply the appropriate patch
   described above as soon as possible.

   Side effects: none.

   C. How to Install the Patch (for HP-UX 9.x and 10.x)


   1.  Determine which patch is appropriate for your hardware platform
       and operating system:
             For the Commercial HP-UX releases:
                      PHNE_6013 (series 700/800, HP-UX 9.x), or
                      PHNE_6014 (series 700/800, HP-UX 10.x), or
                      PHNE_6146 (series 300/400, HP-UX 9.x).
             For the BLS HP-UX releases:
                      PHNE_6169 (series 700, HP-UX 9.09+), or
                      PHNE_6170 (series 700, HP-UX 9.09), or
                      PHNE_6171 (series 800, HP-UX 9.08), or
                      PHNE_5965 (series 700, HP-UX 10.09).

       The three 9.0x B Level Security (BLS) patches will be available
       after January 2, 1996.


   2.  Hewlett Packard's HP-UX patches are available via email and
       World Wide Web.

        To obtain a copy of the HP SupportLine email service user's guide,
        send the following in the TEXT PORTION OF THE MESSAGE to
        support@us.external.hp.com (no Subject is required):

                      send guide

        The user's guide explains the process for downloading HP-UX patches
        via email and other services available.

        World Wide Web service for downloading of patches
        is available via our URL:
        (http://us.external.hp.com/)


   3.  Apply the patch to your HP-UX system.

   4.  Examine /tmp/update.log for any relevant WARNINGs or ERRORs.  This
       can be done as follows:

       a.  At the shell prompt, type "tail -60 /tmp/update.log | more"
       b.  Page through the next three screens via the space bar, looking
           for WARNING or ERROR messages.


    D. Impact of the patch and workaround

    The patch for HP-UX releases 9.x and 10.x provides a new version of
    /usr/bin/ftp and /etc/ftpd  which fixes the vulnerability.  No
    patches will be available for versions of HP-UX prior to 9.0.
    To protect those affected systems, we recommend upgrading to a
    currently supported release of HP-UX.


    E. To subscribe to automatically receive future NEW HP Security
        Bulletins from the HP SupportLine mail service via electronic
        mail, send an email message to:

        support@us.external.hp.com   (no Subject is required)

        Multiple instructions are allowed in the TEXT PORTION OF THE
        MESSAGE, here are some basic instructions you may want to use:

        To add your name to the subscription list for new security
        bulletins, send the following in the TEXT PORTION OF THE MESSAGE:

                  subscribe security_info

        To retrieve the index of all HP Security Bulletins issued to date,
        send the following in the TEXT PORTION OF THE MESSAGE:

                  send security_info_list

        To get a patch matrix of current HP-UX and BLS security
        patches referenced by either Security Bulletin or Platform/OS,
        put the following in the text portion of your message:

                  send hp-ux_patch_matrix

        World Wide Web service for browsing of bulletins is available via
        our URL:
        (http://us.external.hp.com/)

        Choose "Support news", then under Support news,
        choose "Security Bulletins"


    F. To report new security vulnerabilities, send email to

          security-alert@hp.com


[ End HP Security Bulletin Release ]

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CIAC wishes to acknowledge the contributions of Hewlett-Packard for
information contained in this bulletin.
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