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Novell UnixWare Urest Suid

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        Novell UnixWare sadc, urestore, and suid_exec Vulnerabilities

December 14, 1994 0800 PST                                        Number F-06

PROBLEM:       Security vulnerabilities exist in Novell UnixWare.
PLATFORMS:     Novell UnixWare 1.1 on Intel-based platforms.
DAMAGE:        Local users may gain privileged access to the system.
SOLUTION:      Install fixes as described below.

VULNERABILITY  These vulnerabilities have been announced and openly
ASSESSMENT:    discusssed in an Internet forum.  CIAC urges sites to install
               these fixes as soon as possible.

      Critical Information about the Novell UnixWare Vulnerabilities

CIAC has received information from Novell regarding vulnerabilities in
UnixWare 1.1 system software.  These vulnerabilities will allow local users
to gain privileged access to the system.  The Novell advisory announcing
these vulnerabilities and available fixes is reprinted in its entirety below.
Please refer any questions to CIAC.
[Begin Novell Advisory]

Recently, there were three security advisories posted on the
"net" associated with several versions of the Unix Operating System.
These advisories are related to the following:

	/usr/lib/sa/sadc	The command is sgid-on-exec to "sys"

	/usr/sbin/urestore	The command is suid-on-exec to "root"

	suid_exec feature	This pertains to "ksh".

One of the operating system versions affected was the UnixWare 1.1
product distributed by Novell, Inc.  Listed below are the results of
the investigation that took place concerning the affected binaries:

	With respect to the "sadc" problem, the "sadc" binary in the
	UnixWare 1.1 product has been modified such that it no longer
	poses a security threat.
	This modification is provided as PTF683 and is available from
	Novell Technical Support at (800) 486-4835.
	With respect to the "urestore" problem, this requires an attribute
	modification to remove the suid-on-exec bit.  The functionality of
	"urestore" should remain unchanged.  This modification is also
	included in PTF683.
	The last advisory, suid_exec for ksh, does not apply to the version
	of "ksh" supplied with the UnixWare 1.1 product.
	This advisory relates to a feature in "ksh" that allows for the
	execution of suid-on-exec shell scripts.  Since the UnixWare 1.1
	product provides this capability in the exec(2) system call in
	the kernel, the UnixWare 1.1 product does not need to set that
	DEFINE value when compiling "ksh" to achieve this capability and
	hasn't since SVR4.0.

Novell, Inc. has sent source fixes to all SVR4.0, SVR4.2, and SVR4.2MP
OEM customers for both the "sadc" and "urestore" advisories.  These vendors
should be making them available to licensees of their SVR4.X-based operating
systems.  If you are using any of the versions mentioned above, you should
contact the appropriate vendor to obtain their official update.

[End Novell Advisory]

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