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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-97.157 -- Sun Security Bulletin #00159
V8 Sendmail for SunOS(tm) 4.1.4 and 4.1.3_U1
4 December 1997
Sun Microsystems has released the following bulletin announcing the release
of patches to sendmail for SunOS 4.1.4 and 4.1.3_U1. These patches
include many security fixes.
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Sun Microsystems, Inc. Security Bulletin
Bulletin Number: #00159
Date: December 3, 1997
Title: V8 Sendmail for SunOS(tm) 4.1.4 and 4.1.3_U1
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1. Bulletins Topics
Sun announces the release of patches for SunOS 4.1.4 and 4.1.3_U1
containing the same version of sendmail included with SunOS 5.x:
V8.6.9 plus extensions. SunOS 4.1.4 and 4.1.3_U1 originally
included V5 sendmail.
Sun recommends that customers using sendmail on SunOS 4.1.4 and
4.1.3_U1 install the patches listed in section 4 below to take
advantage of security and other enhancements found in V8 sendmail.
2. Understanding What is Available
sendmail is a public domain utility based on SMTP, which provides
internetwork mail routing. SunOS 4.1.4 and 4.1.3_U1 originally
included version 5 of the public domain sendmail with Sun
Various security related improvements were made to subsequent versions
of the public domain sendmail. These improvements were included in the
version of sendmail that Sun provides with SunOS 5.x, V8.6.9; in addition,
Sun's version includes enhancements to address subsequently identified
security vulnerabilities. The patches listed in section 4 below provide
this same version of Sun sendmail for SunOS 4.1.4 and 4.1.3_U1 customers.
3. Support for Sun's sendmail
The patches listed in section 4 below are covered by Sun's normal
Sun's V5 sendmail is currently covered by Sun's normal support policy.
However, with this release of V8 sendmail for SunOS 4.1.4 and 4.1.3_U1.
Sun will cease to update V5 patches after May 31, 1998. Patches affected
are 102423-xx for SunOS 4.1.4 and 101665-xx for SunOS 4.1.3_U1.
4. List of Patches
Sun's most current version of sendmail is provided for SunOS 4.1.4
and 4.1.3_U1 via these patches:
OS version Patch ID
SunOS 4.1.4 105466-01
SunOS 4.1.3_U1 105465-01
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