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Update Vulnerability Innd




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                       The U.S. Department of Energy
                    Computer Incident Advisory Capability
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                                    ADVISORY

                        Update on the Vulnerability in innd

March 20, 1997 19:00 GMT                                         Number H-43
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PROBLEM:       Increased activity in attempts to exploit a vulnerability
               that exists in versions of INN (InterNetNews server) up
               to and including 1.5.1.
PLATFORM:      All platforms with INN and its derivatives.
DAMAGE:        Remote users may run local commands on the server.
SOLUTION:      CIAC recommends that you immediately verify and correct the
               configuration of your 1.5.1 upgrade.
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VULNERABILITY  Exploit details involving this vulnerability have been made
ASSESSMENT:    publicly available.
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Current Information
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A number of sites have noticed break-in attempts to exploit the innd
vulnerability.  Spoofing attempts have been forged in the name of trusted
individuals who issue "official" USENET messages.  Many news sites are
configured to automatically process these messages.  The INN daemon
processes control messages in a script. This automatic process combined
with the error in version 1.5 allows individuals to run commands on the
server.  For more details on the vulnerability, reference CIAC Bulletin
H-34: Vulnerability in innd.

As recommended in the CIAC bulletin, a clean installation of INN 1.5.1
corrects the security flaw. ATTENTION: Other methods to update from
a prior version may not replace the vulnerable scripts. They are simply
retained as part of the configuration.  All configuration and script files
should be compared with the current version.  The "parsecontrol" script
is currently being targeted and should be replaced.

Solution
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Upgrade as recommended in CIAC Bulletin H-34 and compare all configuration
files. Specifically, the parsecontrol script should be replaced with correct
one supply with the patch.

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Project Leader.

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LAST 10 CIAC BULLETINS ISSUED (Previous bulletins available from CIAC)

H-33: HP-UX ftpd/kftpd Vulnerability
H-34: Vulnerability in innd
H-35: HP-UX vgdisplay command Vulnerability
H-36: Solaris 2.x CDE sdtcm_convert Vulnerability
H-37: Solaris 2.x passwd buffer Overrun Vulnerability
H-38A: Internet Explorer 3.x Vulnerabilities
H-39: SGI IRIX fsdump Vulnerability
H-40: DIGITAL Security Vulnerabilities (DoP, delta-time)
H-41: Solaris 2.x eject Buffer Overrun Vulnerability
H-42: HP MPE/iX with ICMP Echo Request (ping) Vulnerability




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