AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
             ESB-98.003 -- IBM-ERS Security Vulnerability Alert
    The AIX "routed" daemon allows remote users to modify system files.
                               9 January 1998


The IBM Emergency Response Service has released the following alert
concerning a vulnerability in the "routed" daemon.  This vulnerability
may allow remote users to modify system files which may allow remote access
to the system.  An exploit script for this vulnerability has been made
publicly available.

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                           EMERGENCY RESPONSE SERVICE
                          SECURITY VULNERABILITY ALERT

08 January 1998 20:30 GMT                        Number: ERS-SVA-E01-1998:001.1
                             VULNERABILITY  SUMMARY

VULNERABILITY:    The "routed" daemon allows remote users to modify system

PLATFORMS:        IBM AIX(r) 3.2.x, 4.1.x, 4.2.x, 4.3.x

SOLUTION:         Apply the fixes listed below.

THREAT:           Remote users can gain system access.

                              DETAILED INFORMATION

I.  Description

The "routed" daemon accepts packets that cause arbitrary system files to be
created and/or modified.  Only machines running the routed daemon are

An exploit script has been made publicly available.

II.  Impact

Remote users can modify system files which can allow remote access to the

III.  Solutions

  A.  How to alleviate the problem

      A temporary fix is available via anonymous ftp from:


      Filename      sum               md5
      routed        59682    40       1aae6cf116ae84f8bee91b96736b7d23

      Use the following steps (as root) to install the temporary fix:

      1.  Uncompress and extract the fix:

        # uncompress < security.routed.tar.Z | tar xf -

      2.  Execute the following commands to replace the vulnerable routed

        # cp /usr/sbin/routed /usr/sbin/routed.orig
        # chmod -x /usr/sbin/routed.orig
        # cp routed/routed /usr/sbin/routed
        # chmod 554 /usr/sbin/routed

      NOTE: This temporary fix has not been fully regression tested.

  B.  Official fix

      IBM is currently working on the following APARs but they are not yet

         AIX 4.3.x:  IX73951
         AIX 4.2.x:  IX73949
         AIX 4.1.x:  IX73948
         AIX 3.2.x:  upgrade to version 4

IV. Obtaining Fixes

IBM AIX APARs may be ordered using Electronic Fix Distribution (via the FixDist
program), or from the IBM Support Center.  For more information on FixDist, and
to obtain fixes via the Internet, please reference


or send electronic mail to "aixserv@austin.ibm.com" with the word "FixDist" in
the "Subject:" line.

V.  Acknowledgements

Thanks to www.rootshell.com for bringing this problem to our attention.

VI.  Contact Information

Comments regarding the content of this announcement can be directed to the IBM
Support Center or to:


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Copyright 1998 International Business Machines Corporation.

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