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SUPPORT COMMUNICATION - SECURITY BULLETIN
Document ID: c00571568
HPSBUX01137 SSRT5954 rev.10 - HP-UX Running TCP/IP (IPv4), Remote Unauthorized Denial of Service (DoS)
NOTICE: The information in this Security Bulletin should be acted upon as soon as possible.
Release Date: 2005-04-24
Last Updated: 2007-04-25
Potential Security Impact: Remote unauthorized Denial of Service (DoS)
Source: Hewlett-Packard Company, HP Software Security Response Team
A potential security vulnerability has been identified with HP-UX running TCP/IP (IPv4). This vulnerability could be remotely exploited by an unauthorized user to cause a Denial of Service (DoS).
SUPPORTED SOFTWARE VERSIONS*: ONLY impacted versions are listed.
HP-UX B.11.11, B.11.22, B.11.23.
To determine if an HP-UX system has an affected version,
search the output of "swlist -a revision -l fileset"
for one of the filesets listed below. For affected systems
verify that the recommended action has been taken.
action: install PHNE_33159
action: install preliminary binary files per Security Bulletin HPSBUX01164
action: install PHNE_32606
action: install revision A.01.07.02 and PHNE_33159 or subsequent
action: install revision A.02.00.01 and TOUR 3.0
action: install revision A.02.00.01 and PHNE_32606 or subsequent
action: install revision A.02.00.01 and TOUR 3.0
END AFFECTED VERSIONS
Certain network traffic can result in a Denial of Service (DoS) for HP-UX systems running TCP/IP (IPv4). Receiving a certain packet on any open TCP/IP connection can result in a Denial of Service (DoS) condition which can only be corrected by a reboot of the affected system. The Denial of Service (DoS) is characterized by high cpu utilization and a lack of response on any I/O port including the system console.
Previous revisions of this Security Bulletin recommended setting ip_pmtu_strategy to 0 or 3 as a workaround. Patches or updates to resolve the issue are now available. After these patches or updates are installed the workaround will no longer be necessary or recommended.
- ->The ip_pmtu_strategy parameter should be restored to the default value of 1.
- ->Note: Previous versions of this Security Bulletin incorrectly stated that the default value of ip_pmtu_strategy is 2.
Patches are available for the core TCP/IP product for
B.11.11 and B.11.23 from http://itrc.hp.com
For B.11.11 - PHNE_33159 or subsequent
For B.11.23 - PHNE_32606 or subsequent
Binary files are available for B.11.22 as discussed in Security Bulletin HPSBUX01164.
Patches and updates are available for IPSec.
The patches are available from http://itrc.hp.com
IPSec and TOUR (Transport Optional Upgrade Release) are available from
For B.11.11 IPSec:
IPSec revision A.01.07.02 and PHNE_33159 or subsequent
IPSec revision A.01.07.02 and TOUR 3.0
For B.11.23 IPSec:
IPSec revision A.02.00.01 and PHNE_32606 or subsequent
IPSec revision A.02.00.01 and TOUR 3.0
MANUAL ACTIONS: Yes - NonUpdate
B.11.22 Install preliminary binary files per Security Bulletin HPSBUX01164.
B11.11 running IPSec
Install IPSec revision A.01.07.02 and PHNE_33159 or subsequent
Install IPSec revision A.01.07.02 and TOUR 3.0
B11.23 running IPSec
Install IPSec revision A.02.00.01 and PHNE_32606 or subsequent
Install IPSec revision A.02.00.01 and TOUR 3.0
PRODUCT SPECIFIC INFORMATION
HP-UX Software Assistant: HP-UX Software Assistant is an enhanced application that replaces HP-UX Security Patch Check. It analyzes all HP-issued Security Bulletins and lists recommended actions that may apply to a specific HP-UX system. It can also download patches and create a depot automatically. For more information see:
Revision:0 (rev.0) - 24 April 2005 Initial release
Revision:1 (rev.1) - 25 May 2005 Binary files available per Security Bulletin HPSBUX01164
Revision:2 (rev.2) - 1 June 2005 IPSec not included in binary files
Revision:3 (rev.3) - 27 June 2005 PHNE_33159 is available for B.11.11
Revision: 4 (rev.4) - 10 July 2005 PHNE_32606 is available for B.11.23
Revision:5 (rev.5) - 24 July 2005 Clarified the Resolution and Manual Actions sections
Revision:6 (rev.6) - 5 December 2005 IPSec revisions available
Version:7 (rev.7) - Skipped for formatting reasons
Version:8 (rev.8) - 23 January 2006 Add rev. to title
Version:9 (rev.9) - 2 April 2007 Change A.2.00.01 to A.02.00.01
Version:10 (rev.10) - 30 April 2007 Default value for ip_pmtu_strategy is 1, not 2
Third Party Security Patches: Third party security patches which are to be installed on systems running HP software products should be applied in accordance with the customer's patch management policy.
Support: For further information, contact normal HP Services support channel.
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* The Software Product Category that this Security Bulletin relates to is represented by the 5th and 6th characters of the Bulletin number in the title:
GN = HP General SW
MA = HP Management Agents
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UX = HP-UX
VV = HP VirtualVault
System management and security procedures must be reviewed frequently to maintain system integrity. HP is continually reviewing and enhancing the security features of software products to provide customers with current secure solutions.
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