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CIAC L-119 Hewlett-Packard mkacct Program Vulnerability




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

                  Hewlett-Packard mkacct Program Vulnerability
                   [Hewlett-Packard Security Bulletin #0161]

July 19, 2001 20:00 GMT                                           Number L-119
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PROBLEM:       A security vulnerability exists in the mkacct program. 
PLATFORM:      HP9000 Servers running HP-UX 11.04 (VVOS), VirtualVault only. 
DAMAGE:        Potential unauthorized privileged access. 
SOLUTION:      Apply the appropriate patch for the VirtualVault release as 
               prescribed by Hewlett-Packard. 
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VULNERABILITY  The risk is LOW. The /sbin/mkacct program incorrectly performs 
ASSESSMENT:    its functions, with a potential to allow unauthorized 
               privileged access. 
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    HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY SECURITY BULLETIN: #0161 19 July '01
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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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PROBLEM:  Security Vulnerability in mkacct program.

PLATFORM: HP9000 Servers running HP-UX 11.04 (VVOS), VirtualVault only.

DAMAGE:   Potential unauthorized privileged access.

SOLUTION: Install the appropriate patch for the VirtualVault release:
             VirtualVault 4.0               PHSS_24169,
             VirtualVault 4.5               PHSS_24212.

AVAILABILITY:  The patches are available now.
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I.    Background
      Hewlett-Packard Company has discovered that the /sbin/mkacct
      program incorrectly performs its functions, with a potential
      to allow unauthorized privileged access.

II.   Recommended solution
      Application of the appropriate patch selected from the list below
      completely solves this problem.

      For VirtualVault releases:
             VirtualVault 4.0               PHSS_24169,
             VirtualVault 4.5               PHSS_24212.


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