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                Security Vulnerability with Predictive on HP-UX
                               03 August 1998


Hewlett-Packard has released the following advisory concerning a
vulnerability in the Predictive program.  This vulnerability is relevant
to those users who send Predictive messages and/or receive Predictive
messages by modem or by e-mail.

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Document ID:  HPSBUX9807-081
Date Loaded:  19980728
      Title:  Security Vulnerability with Predictive on HP-UX

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       HEWLETT-PACKARD SECURITY BULLETIN: #00081, 29 July 1998
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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:  Fixes a problem with the e-mail or modem traffic to and
          from on-site customer machines and Response Center Predictive

PLATFORM: HP9000 series 700/800, HP-UX releases 9.X, 10.X, and 11.00

DAMAGE:   Data transfer may be compromised.

SOLUTION: Apply the appropriate patch noted below.

AVAILABILITY:  All patches are now available.

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   A. Background
      Many on-site customer machines are running Predictive.  This issue
      is relevant to those users who send Predictive messages and/or
      receive Predictive messages by modem or by e-mail, on all versions
      released to date.

      The predictive executable can be found in /opt/pred/bin.

   B. Fixing the problem
      The problem can be fixed by applying the appropriate Predictive
      Support cumulative patch mentioned below.

   C. Recommended solution

          HP-UX release  9.04    PHSS_14587 and PHSS_5788,
          HP-UX release 10.01    PHSS_15532,
          HP-UX release 10.10    PHSS_15533,
          HP-UX release 10.20    PHSS_15534,
          HP-UX release 10.30    PHSS_15535,
          HP-UX release 11.00    PHSS_14592.

      Any HP-UX version released on or after June 1998 contains the
      Security fix which shipped with that Indepedent Product release
      (IPR), 9806.  IPR's are currently shipped every two months.

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