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AT&T /usr/etc/rexecd Vulnerability

Security Bulletin 9207                  DISA Defense Communications System
February 26, 1992           Published by: DDN Security Coordination Center
                                      (SCC@NIC.DDN.MIL)   1-(800) 365-3642

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to security and management personnel at DDN facilities.  Back issues may
be obtained via FTP (or Kermit) from NIC.DDN.MIL [] using
login="anonymous" and password="guest".  The bulletin pathname is
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CA-92:04                        CERT Advisory
                              February 25, 1992
                       AT&T /usr/etc/rexecd Vulnerability 

  The Computer Emergency Response Team/Coordination Center (CERT/CC) has
  received information concerning a vulnerability in AT&T TCP/IP Release
  4.0 running on SVR4 systems for both the 386/486 and 3B2 RISC platforms.
  The existing error, in the remote execution server /usr/etc/rexecd, has
  been corrected, and a new executable for rexecd is available from AT&T
  by calling 800-543-9935.  Patches may be obtained outside the U.S. by
  calling your local technical support.  The numbers associated with the 
  fix are 5127 (3.5" media) and 5128 (5.25" media).
  The problem does not exist in TCP/IP release 3.2 for SVR3, or any earlier
  versions of the TCP/IP product running on either the 3B2 or 386 platforms.
  The version of TCP/IP distributed with SVR4 by UNIX(r) System Laboratories,
  Inc. (a subsidiary of AT&T) does not contain this vulnerability.
  UNIX(r) is a registered trademark of UNIX System Laboratories, Inc.
  I.   Description
       A vulnerability has been identified where root privileges may be
       accessed through the use of /usr/etc/rexecd.
  II.  Impact
       A user on a remote machine may be able to run commands as root on
       the target host (the host running the affected /usr/etc/rexecd).
  III. Solution
       1. Administrators of affected systems should execute, as root, the 
          following command to immediately turn off access to rexecd until
          the new binary can be obtained.
          # chmod 400 /usr/etc/rexecd
       2. Obtain and install the new patch.  The fix will be supplied as
          one diskette, and it comes with one page of instructions documenting
          the procedure to replace the existing /usr/etc/rexecd binary.
  The CERT/CC wishes to thank Bradley E. Smith, Network & Technical Services,
  Bradley University, for bringing this vulnerability to our attention and for
  providing a corresponding solution.  We would also like to thank AT&T for
  their very quick response to this problem.
  If you believe that your system has been compromised, contact CERT/CC or
  your representative in FIRST (Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams).
  Internet E-mail:
  Telephone: 412-268-7090 (24-hour hotline)
             CERT/CC personnel answer 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. EST(GMT-5)/EDT(GMT-4),
             on call for emergencies during other hours.
  Computer Emergency Response Team/Coordination Center (CERT/CC)
  Software Engineering Institute
  Carnegie Mellon University
  Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
  Past advisories, information about FIRST representatives, and other
  information related to computer security are available for anonymous ftp
  from (
  The point of contact for MILNET security-related incidents is the
  Security Coordination Center (SCC).
  E-mail address: SCC@NIC.DDN.MIL
  Telephone: 1-(800)-365-3642
       NIC Help Desk personnel are available from 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. EST,
       Monday through Friday except on federal holidays.

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