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Novell Netware Login Patch

              The Computer Incident Advisory Capability
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                         Information Bulletin
              Novell NetWare LOGIN.EXE Security Patch

September 7, 1993 1140 PDT                                   Number D-21
PROBLEM:  A security vulnerability has been discovered in the login 
          procedure of NetWare 4.x
PLATFORM: PC/MS-DOS with Novell NetWare 4.x
DAMAGE:   User accounts may be readily compromised
SOLUTION: Obtain and install replacement LOGIN.EXE v4.02
        Critical Facts about the LOGIN.EXE vulnerability

CIAC has learned of a vulnerability within Novell's LOGIN.EXE program
which can allow compromise of user accounts.  This vulnerability
affects NetWare 4.x only, and does not affect NetWare 2.x, 3.x, nor
Netware for Unix.  Operation of the vulnerable LOGIN.EXE may cause the
inadvertant compromise of a user's name and password.  Further details
of this vulnerability are contained in the text file included with the

The patch (LOGIN.EXE) and text file (SECLOG.TXT) are created by
executing the distribution file SECLOG.EXE, a self-extracting archive.
After extracting the files, the dir command should produce the
following output.

   SECLOG   EXE  166276    xx-xx-xx   xx:xxx
   LOGIN    EXE  354859    08-25-93   11:43a
   SECLOG   TXT    5299    09-02-93   11:16a

To install the patch, follow the directions contained in the text file
SECLOG.TXT, and then instruct all your users to change their

CIAC recommends that you replace your current LOGIN.EXE with the
security enhanced version as soon as possible.  This patch is
available via anonymous FTP as SECLOG.EXE on in the
~pub/ciac/pcvirus directory, and on CIAC's bulletin board Felicia.  It
can also be retrieved via anonymous FTP from in the
~pub/software directory.  This file is also available at no charge
through NetWare resellers, on NetWire in Library 14 of the NOVLIB
forum, or by calling 1-800-NETWARE.  NetWare customers outside the
U.S. may call Novell at 303-339-7027 or 31-55-384279 or fax a request
for LOGIN.EXE v4.02 to Novell at 303-330-7655 or 31-55-434455. Include
company name, contact name, mailing address and phone number in the
fax request.

CIAC would like to acknowledge the efforts of Richard Colby of
Chem Nuclear Geotech, Inc. for discovering this vulnerability, and the
efforts of Novell in the resolution of this issue.

For additional information or assistance, please contact CIAC at
(510) 422-8193 or send e-mail to  FAX messages
to: (510) 423-8002.

PLEASE NOTE: Many users outside of the DOE and ESnet computing
communities receive CIAC bulletins.  If you are not part of these
communities, please contact your agency's response team to report
incidents.  Your agency's team will coordinate with CIAC.  The Forum
of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) is a world-wide
organization.  A list of FIRST member organizations and their
constituencies can be obtained by sending email to
with an empty subject line and a message body containing the line:
send first-contacts. 

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