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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-97.066 -- Sun Security Bulletin #00140
Vulnerability in ffbconfig
21 May 1997
Sun Microsystems has released the following security bulletin providing
patch information for a vulnerabiltiy in the ffbconfig program under
Solaris 2.5/2.5.1. This vulnerability may allow local users to gain root
This bulletin addresses the problems previously described in AUSCERT
Advisory AA-97.06 -- Solaris ffbconfig Buffer Overrun Vulnerability.
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Sun Microsystems, Inc. Security Bulletin
Bulletin Number: #00140
Date: 14 May 1997
Cross-Ref: AUSCERT AA-97.06
Title: Vulnerability in ffbconfig
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1. Bulletins Topics
Sun announces the release of patches for Solaris 2.5.1 (SunOS 5.5.1) and
Solaris 2.5 (SunOS 5.5) that relate to vulnerabilities in the ffbconfig
program, which can result in root access if exploited.
Sun strongly recommends that you install these patches immediately on
every affected system. Exploitation information for ffbconfig is publicly
2. Who is Affected
Vulnerable: SunOS versions 5.5.1 and 5.5 SPARC running the Creator
FFB Graphics Accelerator.
See section 4. Understanding the Vulnerability, for a way
to test if a system is affected.
Not vulnerable: All other supported versions of SunOS
This vulnerability does not exist in the upcoming release of Solaris 2.6.
3. What to Do
Install the patches listed in 5.
4. Understanding the Vulnerability
The ffbconfig program configures the Creator Fast Frame Buffer (FFB)
Graphics Accelerator, which is part of the FFB Configuration Software
Package, SUNWffbcf. This software is used when the FFB Graphics accelerator
card is installed. Due to insufficient bounds checking on arguments, it is
possible to overwrite the internal stack space of the ffbconfig program.
If exploited, this vulnerability can be used to gain root access on
To test if a system is vulnerable, run the following command to check for
the presence of SUNWffbcf package which is installed when the FFB Graphics
accelerator card is present:
/usr/bin/pkginfo -l SUNWffbcf
If it is not present, you will get an error message stating that SUNWffbcf
was not found. If it is present, ffbconfig is installed in /usr/sbin.
5. List of Patches
The vulnerability relating to ffbconfig is fixed by the following patches:
OS version Patch ID
SunOS 5.5.1 103796-09
SunOS 5.5 103076-09
The above-mentioned patches are listed in the Graphics section under
Unbundled Products at
6. Checksum Table
The checksum table below shows the BSD checksums (SunOS 5.x: /usr/ucb/sum),
SVR4 checksums (SunOS 5.x: /usr/bin/sum), and the MD5 digital signatures
for the above-mentioned patches that are available from:
These checksums may not apply if you obtain patches from your answer
File Name BSD SVR4 MD5
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103796-09.tar.Z 37854 2479 55959 4957 4994176B4C03215BD2707B87921C5096
103076-09.tar.Z 33438 2435 42064 4869 0A8AA3C106C4F09448220C1B0B714CD1
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