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DEC OSF/1 dxconsole Security Vulnerability






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                       The U.S. Department of Energy
                    Computer Incident Advisory Capability
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                             INFORMATION BULLETIN

                 Digital OSF/1 dxconsole Security Vulnerability

April 10, 1996 19:00 GMT                                           Number G-18
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PROBLEM:       A problem with Digital dxconsole. 
PLATFORM:      Digital OSF/1 V2.0 thru V3.2C 
DAMAGE:        The vulnerability may allow authorized users to gain 
               unauthorized privileges. 
SOLUTION:      Install proper kits containing new images. 
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VULNERABILITY  Knowledge of how to exploit this vulnerability is becoming 
ASSESSMENT:    widely known. 
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CIAC has obtained information from Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC)
pertaining to the vulnerability with dxconsole. CIAC recommends that 
you install the proper kits containing the new images.

[ Start of DEC Bulletin ]
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Copyright (c) Digital Equipment Corporation 1996.
All rights reserved.

TITLE:      SSRT0358_OSF1032C Digital OSF/1 V2.0 thru 3.2C dxconsole
SOURCE:     Digital Equipment Corporation
            Software Security Response Team
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PROBLEM:
--------
Digital recently discovered a potential security vulnerability with
dxconsole for OSF/1 V2.0 thru V3.2C. This potential vulnerability may 
allow authorized users to gain unauthorized privileges. 

Digital has corrected this potential vulnerability and provided
kits containing new images. The appropriate kits and images are
identified below.

APPLICABILITY:
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Digital Equipment Corporation strongly urges Customers to upgrade
to a minimum of DEC OSF/1 V3.0 then apply the Security patch.

ECO INFORMATION:
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     ECO Kit Name:  SSRT0358_OSF1032C
     ECO Kits Superseded by This ECO Kit:  None
     ECO Kit Approximate Size:  ssrt0358_osf1032C.tar_Z 76571 Bytes

     System Reboot Necessary:  Yes

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  These kits will not install on versions previous to DEC OSF/1 V2.0
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AVAILABILITY:
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Software service contract or warranty customers can obtain the kits through
normal Digital support channels via AES (Advanced Electronic Service) 
or from the appropriate version directory listed by accessing:

                ftp://ftp.service.digital.com/public/osf

Please refer to the applicable Release Note information prior to
upgrading your installation.

   Note: Non-contract/non-warranty customers should contact 
         local Digital support channels for information 
         regarding these kits.



As always, Digital urges you to periodically review your system
management and security procedures. Digital will continue to review
and enhance the security features of its products and work
with customers to maintain and improve the security and integrity
of their systems.
                                      - DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION

[ End of DEC Bulletin ]
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CIAC wishes to acknowledge the contributions of Digital Equipment Corporation
for the information contained in this bulletin.
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security incident response team for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the
National Institute of Health (NIH). CIAC is located at the Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory in Livermore, California. CIAC is also a founding member of
FIRST, the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams, a global organization
established to foster cooperation and coordination among computer security 
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