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Cray Unicos Accton Vulnerability




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              The Computer Incident Advisory Capability
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                          Information Bulletin
 
June 25, 1991, 1500 PST                                        Number B-31
 
               CRAY UNICOS 6.0 and 6.1 accton vulnerability
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PROBLEM: A flaw in accton allows unauthorized users limited root privileges
PLATFORM: 6.0 and later versions of CRAY UNICOS
DAMAGE: Unauthorized read access to files, including sensitive and system
	files; any user can turn system accounting on or off
SOLUTIONS: Obtain and apply appropriate Cray mod as specified below
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                   Critical Facts About accton Problem

CIAC has learned of a bug in 6.0 and later versions of the CRAY UNICOS
operating system (CRAY SPR 45291) which allows an unauthorized user to obtain
read access to sensitive and system files.  The bug also allows a normal
user to turn system accounting on or off.

Cray Research has developed architecture specific patches for this 
vulnerability in the accton(1) command.  The mod numbers and the archi-
tectures for which they apply are listed below and can be obtained by 
contacting your local technical support representative from Cray Research.

		Architecture				mod
		------------				---

		X/Y 6.0					60c1act20477b
		C2  6.0					60c2act20477c
		X/Y 6.E/6.1 (any Y-MP/2E site would	6Ec1act20477b
		   be running this level of UNICOS)
		C2  6.1 mod  (this is not yet a		6Ec2act20477c
		   released level of UNICOS but it is
		   running at field test sites)
		
For additional information or assistance, please contact CIAC:

	Kenneth L. Pon
        (415) 422-1783 or (FTS) 532-1783
 	pon@cheetah.llnl.gov

 	Call CIAC at (415) 422-8193 or (FTS) 532-8193 or send e-mail
 	to ciac@.llnl.gov.  

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

James Ellis, Bryan Koch, and Elaine Stuber provided some of the information
used in this bulletin.  This document was prepared as an account of work 
sponsored by an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United 
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