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IBM DB2 Multiple local security issues

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Quick Summary:
Advisory Number         : SRT2003-11-06-0710
Product                 : IBM DB2 UDB v8.1
Version                 : versions v7 and v8
Vendor                  :
Class                   : Local
Criticality             : High
Operating System(s)     : *nix

The full technical details of this vulnerability can be found at: under the research section. 

Basic Explanation
High Level Description  : DB2 contains multiple local security issues.
What to do              : Apply v7fp11 (late November) and v8fp4.

Basic Technical Details
Proof Of Concept Status : SNO has not yet created proof of concept. 

Low Level Description   : DB2 UDB version 8.1 for Linux and Unix contains
several local buffer overflows and format strings conditions. Our tests were
performed against DB2 on linux as installed from 009_ESE_LNX_32_NLV.tar.
Other unix variants may be affected in a similar manor.

Depending on the options selected the DB2 installer *may* ask you to add 
several users to your machine. You are instructed to either add a new user 
or choose an existing username. These are the users I added for testing:


The above usernames *may* be used in several setuid applications included
with DB2. The conditions we found are associated with the Instance user

The following binaries contain multiple security issues in the form of both
format strings issues and buffer overflows. 

-r-sr-s--x    1 root     db2inst1    38044 Oct 11 07:26 db2start
-r-sr-s--x    1 root     db2inst1    84713 Oct 11 07:26 db2stop
-r-sr-s--x    1 db2inst1 db2inst1   141857 Oct 11 07:26 db2govd

Full details on the overflows and format strings conditions can be located

Workaround: chmod -s the above mentioned binaries or use vendor patches. 

Vendor Status           : IBM has promptly attended to the issues at hand 
Fixpak 4 for v8 is available now at
/data/db2/udb/winos2unix/support/download.d2w/report (wordwrapped). Fixpak
11 for v7 should be ready late november and will contain the equivalent fixes.

Bugtraq URL             : To be assigned. 
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