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07 December 1998

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              AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
              Security Vulnerability in remote network commands
                              08 December 1998


Hewlett Packard has released the following bulletin concerning
vulnerabilities in various HP-UX remote network commands. These
vulnerabilities may allow users to access unauthorized files and/or gain
increased privileges.

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Document ID      Title
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HPSBUX9812-090   Security Vulnerability in remote network commands

The documents are listed below.
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Document ID:  HPSBUX9812-090
Date Loaded:  19981206
      Title:  Security Vulnerability in remote network commands

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The information in the following Security Bulletin should be acted upon
as soon as possible.  Hewlett-Packard Company 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: Various remote network commands have security defects.

PLATFORM: HP 9000 Series 700/800

DAMAGE: Users can access unauthorized files / gain increased privileges.

SOLUTION: Apply the cummulative patch listed below

AVAILABILITY: All patches are available now.

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   A. Background
      Various HP-UX remote network commands (r-cmnds) in the fileset
      InternetSrvcs.INETSVCS-RUN have been enhanced.  These include
      remshd(1M), rexecd(1M), rlogind(1M), rlogin(1), remsh(1),
      rcp(1), rexec(1), and rdist(1).
      All of these commands have been bundled into one convenient patch
      to address various operational and security defects noted the
      recent past.

   B. Fixing the problem -
      Install patch:
       for HP-UX 10.00, 10.01 and 10.10:          PHNE_13618, or
       for HP-UX 10.20 and 10.30:                 PHNE_13619, or
       for HP-UX 11.00:                           PHNE_16091.

      NOTE: The VirtualVault product (HP-UX 10.24) is not affected.

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