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               ESB-97.009 -- Hewlett Packard Advisory on MPower
                               15 January 1997


HP have released the following advisory describing a vulnerability
in the MPower product.  This vulnerability may allow users to increase
their privileges.

If you believe that your system has been compromised, contact AUSCERT or your
representative in FIRST (Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams).

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Table of Contents:

Document ID      Title
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HPSBUX9701-051   Security Vulnerability in the MPower product

The documents are listed below.
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Document ID:  HPSBUX9701-051
Date Loaded:  970115
      Title:  Security Vulnerability in the MPower product

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       HEWLETT-PACKARD SECURITY ADVISORY: #00051, 15 January 1997
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The information in the following Security Advisory should be acted upon
as soon as possible.  Hewlett Packard will not be liable for any
consequences to any customer resulting from customer's failure to fully
implement instructions in this Security Advisory as soon as possible.

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PROBLEM:  Security vulnerability in the MPower product.

PLATFORM: HP 9000 Series 700/800s running versions of HP-UX 10.X

DAMAGE:   Vulnerabilities exist allowing users to increase privileges.

SOLUTION: Change the permissions of the following files to 0555:


AVAILABILITY:  This advisory will be revised when a patch is available
               to correct the permissions.

   A. Background
      The files listed install with incorrect permissions.

   B. Fixing the problem
      The permissions should be 0555.

   C. Recommended solution
      Until a patch is available, as root, use chmod(1) to correct the

      chmod 555 /opt/mpower_2.0/setup/mp_start_vue
      chmod 555 /opt/mpower_2.0/share/mpStrtVue.cl
      chmod 555 /opt/mpower_2.0/share/mpStrtVue.sr
      chmod 555 /opt/scan/rtw/appconfig/toolboxes/C/utilities/Media/Scanner
      chmod 555 /opt/scan/rtw/appconfig/vuetoolboxes/C/Media/Scanner

   D. Impact of the patch
      No patch is currently available.

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