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Sun Linux Vulnerability in VNC Package may allow local or remote unauthorized access (CIAC N-140)





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

Sun Linux Vulnerability in VNC Package may allow local or remote unauthorized access
                             [Sun Alert ID: 56161]

September 2, 2003 18:00 GMT                                       Number N-140
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PROBLEM:       A vulnerability with the VNC DES authentication scheme 
               implementation may allow a local or remote unpriviledged user 
               to gain unauthorized access to the system. 
PLATFORM:      Sun Linux 5.0 
DAMAGE:        The intruder can gain access to the cookie and gain access to 
               the system. 
SOLUTION:      Apply patches as stated in Sun's Security Notification. 
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VULNERABILITY  The risk is MEDIUM. An unauthorized user could break into the 
ASSESSMENT:    encrypted channel and take over the system. 
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LINKS: 
 CIAC BULLETIN:      http://www.ciac.org/ciac/bulletins/n-140.shtml 
 ORIGINAL BULLETIN:                                                           
                     http://www.sunsolve.sun.com/pub-cgi/retrieve.pl?doc=
                     fsalert%2F56161&zone_32=category%3Asecurity 
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[***** Start Sun Alert ID: 56161 *****]

Sun(sm) Alert Notification 
Sun Alert ID: 56161 
Synopsis: Sun Linux Vulnerability in VNC Package May Allow Local or Remote 
          Unauthorized Access 
Category: Security 
Product: Sun Linux 
BugIDs: 4892275 
Avoidance: Workaround 
State: Committed 
Date Released: 19-Aug-2003 
Date Closed: 
Date Modified: 

1. Impact 
A vulnerability with the VNC DES authentication scheme implementation may 
allow a local or remote unprivileged user to gain unauthorized access to the 
system. The script for starting the VNC server generates a cookie (which is 
used for X authentication) without using a sufficiently strong random number 
generator. 

Note: VNC is a tool for providing a remote graphical user interface. 

More information on this issue is available at: 

Red Hat Advisory RHSA-2003:041-15 at: https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/
                                              RHSA-2003-041.html 
CVE CAN-2002-1511 at: http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=
                             CAN-2002-1511 
CVE CAN-2002-1336 at: http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=
                             CAN-2002-1336 
							 
2. Contributing Factors 
This issue can occur in the following releases: 

Sun Linux 

Sun Linux 5.0 (LX50) with VNC versions 3.3.3r2-18.4 or earlier 
Notes: Sun Linux 5.0 is currently shipped with the Sun LX50 Server. 

The VNC package version can be determined by running the following command: 

    $ rpm -qa | grep -i vnc
    vnc-3.3.3r2-18.4      
	                                                     
3. Symptoms 
There are no predictable symptoms that would indicate the described issue has 
been exploited. 

Solution Summary Top 

4. Relief/Workaround 
To work around the described issue until patches can be applied, temporarily 
disable VNC with the following steps: 

1. To see if VNC is enabled (displayed at all run levels), use the following 
command: 

    # /sbin/chkconfig --list vncserver
    vncserver       0:off   1:off   2:off   3:on   4:on   5:on   6:off     
	                  
2. Disable VNC for all run levels with the following command: 

    # /sbin/chkconfig --del vncserver                                                     
5. Resolution 
Sun Linux patches will be available at: http://sunsolve.sun.com/patches/
                                               linux/security.html 

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[***** End Sun Alert ID: 56161 *****]
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CIAC wishes to acknowledge the contributions of Sun Microsystems for the 
information contained in this bulletin.
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