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IBM AIX Rmail Vulnerability






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

                          IBM AIX rmail Vulnerability

April 16, 1996 20:00 GMT                                           Number G-19
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PROBLEM:       A problem in the IBM AIX "rmail" program. 
PLATFORM:      AIX Version 3 (Version 4 does not contain this vulnerability). 
DAMAGE:        A user can gain unauthorized access to another user's mail. 
SOLUTION:      Implement the recommended solutions described below. 
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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 IBM-ERS pertaining to an IBM AIX rmail 
vulnerability. CIAC recommends that you apply the two solutions mention in 
the IBM Bulletin.
 
[ Start of IBM Bulletin ]

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                           EMERGENCY RESPONSE SERVICE
			  SECURITY VULNERABILITY ALERT

16 April 1996 16:00 GMT                          Number: ERS-SVA-E01-1996:003.1
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                             VULNERABILITY  SUMMARY

VULNERABILITY:	Vulnerability in the IBM AIX "rmail" program.

PLATFORMS:	AIX Version 3 (Version 4 does not contain this vulnerability).

SOLUTION:	Take one of the actions described below.

THREAT:		A user can gain unauthorized access to another user's mail.

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                              DETAILED INFORMATION

I. Description

There is a potential security exposure in the "rmail" program on Version 3
of the IBM AIX operating system.

Version 4 of AIX does not contain this vulnerability.

II. Impact

A user with knowledge of this vulnerability can exercise it to obtain
unauthorized access to another user's electronic mail.

III. Solutions

The IBM AIX Response Team recommends two solutions to this problem:

1. Log in to the workstation as "root" and issue the command:

	# /usr/bin/chmod 555 /usr/bin/rmail /bin/rmail

2. Apply the following APAR to your system once the APAR is available:

	APAR - IX57680

The first solution should be applied immediately to remove the vulnerability
to your system.  Once the APAR is available, you should also apply the second
solution.

IV. Acknowledgements

IBM-ERS would like to thank the IBM AIX Response Team for providing the
information contained in this alert.

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Copyright 1996 International Business Machines Corporation.

[ End of IBM Bulletin ]

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CIAC wishes to acknowledge the contributions of IBM Emergency Response Service
(IBM-ERS) for the information contained in this bulletin.
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CIAC, the Computer Incident Advisory Capability, is the computer
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 
teams worldwide.
 
CIAC services are available to DOE, DOE contractors, and the NIH. CIAC can be
contacted at:
    Voice:    +1 510-422-8193
    FAX:      +1 510-423-8002
    STU-III:  +1 510-423-2604
    E-mail:   ciac@llnl.gov
 
For emergencies and off-hour assistance, DOE, DOE contractor sites, and the NIH
may contact CIAC 24-hours a day. During off hours (5PM - 8AM PST), call the
CIAC voice number 510-422-8193 and leave a message, or call 800-759-7243
(800-SKY-PAGE) to send a Sky Page. CIAC has two Sky Page PIN numbers, the
primary PIN number, 8550070, is for the CIAC duty person, and the secondary
PIN number, 8550074 is for the CIAC Project Leader.
 
Previous CIAC notices, anti-virus software, and other information are
available from the CIAC Computer Security Archive.
 
   World Wide Web:      http://ciac.llnl.gov/
   Anonymous FTP:       ciac.llnl.gov (128.115.19.53)
   Modem access:        +1 (510) 423-4753 (28.8K baud)
                        +1 (510) 423-3331 (28.8K baud)
 
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1. CIAC-BULLETIN for Advisories, highest priority - time critical information
   and Bulletins, important computer security information;
2. CIAC-NOTES for Notes, a collection of computer security articles;
3. SPI-ANNOUNCE for official news about Security Profile Inspector (SPI)
   software updates, new features, distribution and availability;
4. SPI-NOTES, for discussion of problems and solutions regarding the use of
   SPI products.
 
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        subscribe list-name LastName, FirstName PhoneNumber
  e.g., subscribe ciac-notes OHara, Scarlett W. 404-555-1212 x36
 
You will receive an acknowledgment containing address, initial PIN, and
information on how to change either of them, cancel your subscription, or
get help.
 
PLEASE NOTE: Many users outside of the DOE, ESnet, and NIH computing
communities receive CIAC bulletins.  If you are not part of these communities,
please contact your agency's response team to report incidents. Your agency's
team will coordinate with CIAC. The Forum of Incident Response and Security 
Teams (FIRST) is a world-wide organization. A list of FIRST member 
organizations and their constituencies can be obtained by sending email to 
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This document was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the
United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor the
University of California nor any of their employees, makes any warranty,
express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the
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of the United States Government or the University of California, and shall not
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