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             ESB-98.040 -- SGI Security Advisory 19980301-01-PX
         startmidi/stopmidi, datman/cdman, cdplayer Vulnerabilities

                             13th March 1998


Silicon Graphics Inc. has released the following advisory concerning
vulnerabilities in startmidi/stopmidi, datman/cdman and cdplayer programs.
With a local account, these buffer overrun vulnerabilities can be exploited
locally and remotely.  These buffer overrun vulnerabilities can be utilized
to execute commands with root privileges.

These vulnerabilities have been previously addressed in AUSCERT advisories:

           AA-96.11 - SGI IRIX cdplayer Vulnerability
           AA-96.20 - SGI IRIX datman/cdman Vulnerability
           AA-97.05 - SGI IRIX startmidi/stopmidi Vulnerability

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                Silicon Graphics Inc. Security Advisory

        Title:   startmidi/stopmidi, datman/cdman, cdplayer Vulnerabilities
        Title:   AUSCERT AA-96.11, AUSCERT AA-96.20 and AUSCERT AA-97.05
        Number:  19980301-01-PX
        Date:    March 11, 1998

Silicon Graphics provides this information freely to the SGI user community
for its consideration, interpretation, implementation and use.   Silicon
Graphics recommends that this information be acted upon as soon as possible.

Silicon Graphics provides the information in this Security Advisory on
an "AS-IS" basis only, and disclaims all warranties with respect thereto,
express, implied or otherwise, including, without limitation, any warranty
of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.  In no event shall
Silicon Graphics be liable for any loss of profits, loss of business, loss
of data or for any indirect, special, exemplary, incidental or consequential
damages of any kind arising from your use of, failure to use or improper
use of any of the instructions or information in this Security Advisory.

- - -----------------------
- - --- Issue Specifics ---
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Under normal operation, the IRIS Digital Media Execution Environment and
related subsystems provide software to support Silicon Graphic's Multimedia
(audio, MIDI, video, compression and movie) hardware.

Unfortunately, several buffer overruns which could allow arbitrary
commands to be run as the privileged user root have been discovered in the
following Digital Media Tools: startmidi/stopmidi(1), datman/cdman(1),
cdplayer(1) and the CDROM Confidence Test program.

Respectfully, the startmidi/stopmidi(1) programs control the MIDI
daemon, the datman/cdman(1) programs control audio CD and DAT tape
operations, the cdplayer(1) program plays audio CDs on a CD-ROM drive,
and the CDROM Confidence Test tool verifies the CDROM is working properly.

Silicon Graphics Inc. has investigated the issue and recommends the
following steps for neutralizing the exposure.  It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
that these measures be implemented on ALL SGI systems.  This issue will
be corrected in future releases of IRIX.

- - --------------
- - --- Impact ---
- - --------------

The IRIS Digital Media Execution software and related subsystems and are
loaded by default on all IRIX systems. The Digital Media Tools on
IRIX 5.X and IRIX 6.X are vulnerable to these buffer overflows.

With a local account, these buffer overrun vulnerabilities can be exploited
locally and remotely.

These buffer overrun vulnerabilities can be utilized to execute commands with
root privileges.

These vulnerabilities has been publically discussed in Usenet newsgroups
and mailing lists and also reported in AUSCERT AA-96.11, AA-96.20 and AA-97.05

- - --------------------------
- - --- Temporary Solution ---
- - --------------------------

Although patches are available for this issue, it is realized that
there may be situations where installing the patches immediately may
not be possible.

The steps below can be used to remove the vulnerabilities by changing
the permissions of the vulnerable programs.

     1) Become the root user on the system.

                % /bin/su -

     2) Change the permissions on the vulnerable programs.

                On All IRIX Releases
                # /bin/chmod 500 /usr/sbin/datman
                # /bin/chmod 500 /usr/sbin/Confidence/cdrom

                On IRIX 5.3 Only
                # /bin/chmod 500 /usr/sbin/startmidi

                On IRIX 5.3 and IRIX 6.2
                # /bin/chmod 500 /usr/bin/X11/cdplayer

                On IRIX 6.3 and IRIX 6.4
                # /bin/chmod 500 /usr/sbin/datplayer
                # /bin/chmod 500 /usr/bin/X11/cdheadphone

                           *** NOTE ***

               Removing the permissions from the vulnerable programs will
               prevent non-root users from using the vulnerable programs.

     3) Return to previous level.

                # exit

- - ----------------
- - --- Solution ---
- - ----------------

   OS Version     Vulnerable?     Patch #      Other Actions
   ----------     -----------     -------      -------------

   IRIX 3.x          no
   IRIX 4.x          no
   IRIX 5.0.x        yes          not avail    Note 1
   IRIX 5.1.x        yes          not avail    Note 1
   IRIX 5.2          yes          not avail    Note 1
   IRIX 5.3          yes          2563
   IRIX 6.0.x        yes          not avail    Note 1
   IRIX 6.1          yes          not avail    Note 1
   IRIX 6.2          yes          2564
   IRIX 6.3          yes          2565
   IRIX 6.4          yes          2291


     1) upgrade operating system or see "Temporary Solution" section.

Patches are available via anonymous FTP and your service/support provider.

The SGI anonymous FTP site is sgigate.sgi.com ( or its
mirror, ftp.sgi.com.   Security information and patches can be found
in the ~ftp/security and ~ftp/patches directories, respectfully.

                 ##### Patch File Checksums ####

The actual patch will be a tar file containing the following files:

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Filename:                 patchSG0002563
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Filename:                 patchSG0002563.dmedia_eoe_sw
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MD5 checksum:             8FA8DBB16A50BADC6C30539FB4F781A5

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Filename:                 README.patch.2564
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MD5 checksum:             E4674E474941BE71057588CACDE10DDB

Filename:                 patchSG0002564
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Filename:                 patchSG0002564.desktop_eoe_sw
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    15389 595 patchSG0002564.desktop_eoe_sw
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MD5 checksum:             159A78FE9A7D9ECF30AC0467CCAADF6C

Filename:                 patchSG0002564.dmedia_eoe_sw
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    46712 750 patchSG0002564.dmedia_eoe_sw
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MD5 checksum:             AB34E9C0C1865778ADE576D2E2AFF75A

Filename:                 patchSG0002564.eoe_sw
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Algorithm #2 (sum):       57504 252 patchSG0002564.eoe_sw
MD5 checksum:             C00F91E8CCC468693D6B0B500E7D6C03

Filename:                 patchSG0002564.idb
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    64183 8 patchSG0002564.idb
Algorithm #2 (sum):       16316 8 patchSG0002564.idb
MD5 checksum:             EF9810A1C10E06CDE22B2BB88202D3DD

Filename:                 README.patch.2565
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    31164 14 README.patch.2565
Algorithm #2 (sum):       34494 14 README.patch.2565
MD5 checksum:             FC8A8F31517252DBE11DF961E60E1A0D

Filename:                 patchSG0002565
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    48368 7 patchSG0002565
Algorithm #2 (sum):       52893 7 patchSG0002565
MD5 checksum:             40B36A34F28FFBE7E356D1FA581DE39E

Filename:                 patchSG0002565.desktop_eoe_sw
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    56716 46 patchSG0002565.desktop_eoe_sw
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MD5 checksum:             C0975BFFCCA459F4E4DD65DDBC1EFAFC

Filename:                 patchSG0002565.dmedia_eoe_sw
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    27513 4688 patchSG0002565.dmedia_eoe_sw
Algorithm #2 (sum):       35889 4688 patchSG0002565.dmedia_eoe_sw
MD5 checksum:             DD8F49EDD0226A4CF673CA5E2397DE3A

Filename:                 patchSG0002565.eoe_sw
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MD5 checksum:             FF3A4E5544CB78AEBACF3DD40914BB1A

Filename:                 patchSG0002565.idb
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MD5 checksum:             85C7411466FF2A833781C4DC6B7AD468

Filename:                 patchSG0002565.sysadmdesktop_sw
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Filename:                 README.patch.2291
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Algorithm #2 (sum):       40054 33 README.patch.2291
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Filename:                 patchSG0002291.dmedia_dev_src
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Filename:                 patchSG0002291.dmedia_eoe_sw
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Filename:                 patchSG0002291.idb
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Algorithm #2 (sum):       52171 43 patchSG0002291.idb
MD5 checksum:             5A0EF5DC304866D2C8FFB26F8A762868

Filename:                 patchSG0002291.sysadmdesktop_sw
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    13267 27 patchSG0002291.sysadmdesktop_sw
Algorithm #2 (sum):       54771 27 patchSG0002291.sysadmdesktop_sw
MD5 checksum:             A941345B943078F98B77E64AC2E86618

- - ------------------------
- - --- Acknowledgments ---
- - ------------------------

Silicon Graphics wishes to thank AUSCERT and the Internet community
for their assistance in this matter.

- - -----------------------------------------------------------
- - --- Silicon Graphics Inc. Security Information/Contacts ---
- - -----------------------------------------------------------

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respectively. The Silicon Graphics Security Headquarters Web page is
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