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Vulnerability in Unix System V on 386/486 Platforms


             The Computer Incident Advisory Capability

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                         Information Bulletin

         Vulnerability in UNIX System V on 386/486 Platforms


     Critical UNIX System V on 386/486  Vulnerability Information


PROBLEM:   UNIX System V security problem on 386/486 platforms (UAREA bug).

PLATFORM: UNIX System V for the Intel 80386/80486 based computers.

DAMAGE:   Allows privileged access to files by non-privileged users.

SOLUTIONS: Patch/update available from various vendors.

IMPACT OF PATCH:  Vulnerability eliminated.  No other side-effects reported.


March 21, 1991, 1200 PST                                Number B-19

CIAC has learned of a vulnerability that allows privileged access to

files on some versions of UNIX System V running on an Intel

80386/80486 based computer. This problem known as the UAREA bug, has

been corrected by AT&T.  Most vendors of UNIX System V based on the

AT&T software have recently released patches specifically designed for

their products.  This bulletin provides a partial list of vendors that

are providing patches for this problem, as well as vendors whose

product never had the vulnerability in a specified release.

The following vulnerability matrix table lists each of vendor/version

combination for which CIAC has received information.  For each vendor,

the listed versions were tested for this vulnerability, and a patch

was developed for those versions found to be vulnerable.  If the

vendor/version combination does not exhibit the vulnerability,

"No" appears in the third column.

 Vendor                    Version       Exhibits vulnerability

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 Dell                      SVR3.2/1.0.6  Yes - patch available

 Dell                      SVR3.2/1.1    No

 Dell                      SVR4.0/2.0    No

 Interactive               2.0.2         Yes - patch available

 Interactive               2.2           Yes - patch available

 Interactive               2.2.1         Yes - patch available

 Everex (ESIX)             Rev. D        Yes - patch available

 AT&T                      SVR3.2.0      Yes - patch available

 AT&T                      SVR3.2.1      No

 SCO                       all versions  No

 Microport                 2.2           No

Most vendors are aware of this bug, and have taken steps to correct

the problem.  If your vendor/version of UNIX is not listed, or is

listed as one of those that exhibits the vulnerability, you should

contact your UNIX System V vendor for the patch.

 For additional information or assistance, please contact CIAC:   


        Hal Brand

        (415) 422-6312 or (FTS) 532-6312

        During working hours call CIAC at (415) 422-8193 or (FTS)

532-8193 or send e-mail to


        Send FAX messages to:  (415) 423-0913 or (FTS) 543-0913

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