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Ultrix V4.0 and 4.1 Vulnerability


             The Computer Incident Advisory Capability

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                         Information Bulletin

May 1, 1991, 1200 PDT                                     Number B-23

                   Ultrix V4.0 and V4.1 Vulnerability


PROBLEM:  /usr/bin/chroot is installed with the setuid bit set.

PLATFORM: DEC Ultrix V4.0 and V4.1, all architectures.

DAMAGE:  Allows authorized users to gain unauthorized privileges.

SOLUTIONS: Fixed in Ultrix V4.2. Manually change file mode of

        /usr/bin/chroot to 700 for Ultrix V4.0 and V4.1

IMPACT OF WORKAROUND:  Non-privileged users no longer have access to

        the chroot command.


              Critical /usr/bin/chroot Vulnerability Facts

CIAC has been advised of a vulnerability in DEC's Ultrix V4.0 and V4.1

operating systems running on all architectures. DEC is aware of this

problem, and has corrected it in Ultrix V4.2. The DEC provided fix for

Ultrix V4.0 and V4.1 is:

        (login as root)

        # chmod 700 /usr/bin/chroot

        # ls -l /usr/bin/chroot

        (verify the file protections are "-rwx------")

For additional information or assistance, please contact CIAC:   


        Hal Brand

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

        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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