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              ESB-97.036 -- HP Security Bulletin (MPE/iX) #00004
                              21 March 1997


Hewlett-Packard has released the following advisory concerning a
vulnerability with specific incoming ICMP Echo Request (ping) packets on
all HP3000 Series 900 systems.  This vulnerablility may allow external
users to cause a system abort.

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Document ID:  HPSBMP9703-004
Date Loaded:  970318
      Title:  MPE/iX Security Vulnerability with ICMP Echo Request (ping)

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The information in the following Security Bulletin 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 Bulletin as soon as possible.

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PROBLEM:  Vulnerability with specific incoming ICMP Echo Request (ping)
PLATFORM: All HP3000 Series 900 systems.
DAMAGE:   Vulnerability makes it possible for an external user to
          cause a system abort.
SOLUTION: Apply patch NSTEDJ9A to systems running MPE/iX Release 5.0 or
          any of its Powerpatches (C.50.00 through C.50.06).
          The patch for MPE/iX Release 5.5 is in process.
AVAILABILITY: Patch NSTEDJ9A is available now; the patch for
              MPE/iX Release 5.5 is in process.
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   A. Background
      A mailing list disclosure described a vulnerability in which
      specific, illegally formatted, incoming ICMP Echo Request (ping)
      traffic could cause a system abort on HP3000 systems.

   B. Recommended solution
      The system administrator needs to obtain and apply the patches
      mentioned above.  A revised Security Bulletin will be issued when
      the patch for MPE/iX Release 5.5 is available.

   C. Fixing the problem

   1. Obtain the patch
      Obtain patch NSTEDJ9A from the HP Electronic Support Center, URL:

      http://us-support.external.hp.com (US,Canada,
      Asia-Pacific, and Latin America)

      http://europe-support.external.hp.com  (Europe)

      Follow the "Patch Database" hyperlink from the HP Electronic
      Support Center home page.

   2. Apply the patch
      MPE/iX patches are unpacked using the UNPACKP script.  UNPACKP
      runs the MOVER utility to unload the truck file for the patch.
      Hyperlinks for the UNPACKP script and the MPE Patch Installation
      Guide are located on the main page for MPE/iX patches on
      HP Electronic Support Center.

      You need MOVER version A.00.02, EOF (end-of-file) 635, to unload
      patch NSTEDJ9A.  You can download this version of MOVER from
      the HP3000 Web Server at http://jazz.external.hp.com.  Follow
      the Shareware and Sources & Binaries hyperlinks.

   D. To subscribe to automatically receive future NEW HP Security
      Bulletins from the HP SupportLine Digest service via electronic
      mail, do the following:

      1)  From your Web browser, access the URL:

      http://us-support.external.hp.com (US,Canada,
      Asia-Pacific, and Latin-America)

      http://europe-support.external.hp.com  (Europe)

      2)  On the HP Electronic Support Center main screen, select
      the hyperlink "Support Information Digests".

      3)  On the "Welcome to HP's Support Information Digests" screen,
      under the heading "Register Now", select the appropriate hyperlink
      "Americas and Asia-Pacific", or "Europe".

      4)  On the "New User Registration" screen, fill in the fields for
      the User Information and Password and then select the button
      labeled "Submit New User".

      5)  On the "User ID Assigned" screen, select the hyperlink
      "Support Information Digests".

      ** Note what your assigned user ID and password are for future

      6)  You should now be on the "HP Support Information Digests Main"
      screen.  You might want to verify that your e-mail address is
      correct as displayed on the screen.  From this screen, you may
      also view/subscribe to the digests, including the security
      bulletins digest.

   E. To report new security vulnerabilities, send email to


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