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             ESB-1999.104 -- HP SECURITY BULLETIN HPSBUX9907-101
             Security Vulnerability in Software Distributor (SD)
                               28 July 1999


Hewlett-Packard has released the following bulletin concerning buffer
overflow vulnerabilities in Software Distributor (SD). These
vulnerabilities may allow users to gain increased privileges.

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Document ID:  HPSBUX9907-101
Date Loaded:  19990725
      Title:  Security Vulnerability Software Distributor (SD)

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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:   Buffer overflows in Software Distributor (SD) commands.

PLATFORM:  HP9000 Series 700/800 running HP-UX 10.XX, and 11.00,
           plus SD OpenView/ITA on other specific vendor platforms.

DAMAGE:    Users can gain increased privileges.

SOLUTION:  Apply the appropriate patch noted below.

AVAILABILITY: All patches are available now.

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   A. Background
      A serious defect has been identified in the HP-UX SD filesets

   B. Fixing the problem - Install the applicable patch:

      SD-UX version B.10.10 on HP-UX release 10.01, 10.10:    PHCO_15205
      SD-OV version A.01.01 on HP-UX release 10.01, 10.10:    PHCO_15205
      SD-UX version B.10.20 on HP-UX release 10.20:         * PHCO_15206
      SD-OV version A.01.02 on HP-UX release 10.20:         * PHCO_15206
      HP-UX release 10.24:                                    PHCO_19120
      HP-UX release 11.00:                                  * PHCO_18183

   NOTE: There will be no patches for 10.00 nor 10.30.

      From http://ovweb.external.hp.com,  retrieve the following:

       SDOV version A.01.02 for NT 3-4X:                    SDOV_00005

       SDOV version A.01.00 sparcSUN 4.1:                   SDOV_00006
       SDOV version A.01.00 sparcSOL 2.3:                   SDOV_00007
       SDOV version A.01.00 sparcSOL 2.4:                   SDOV_00008
       SDOV version A.01.00 sparcSOL 2.5:                   SDOV_00009

       SDOV version A.01.00 AIX 3.2:                        SDOV_00010
       SDOV version A.01.00 AIX 4.1:                        SDOV_00011
       SDOV version A.01.00 AIX 4.2:                        SDOV_00012

       SDOV version A.01.00 SNI5.42:                        SDOV_00013

   NOTE: For HP OpenView IT/Administration (ITA) version 3.10 or lower,
         please apply the SD-OV patches to all the managed nodes AFTER
         the installation of the ITA agent.

       Older, obsolete versions of Software Distributor which are not
       listed above are vulnerable to this security problem.  There are
       no patches available nor will any be created for these versions.
       If you are using one of these, you should upgrade to a newer
       version.  These older versions may have been installed as
       standalone HP OpenView Software Distributor products, or as part
       of HP OpenView IT/Administration products.

   *   For SD-UX version A.02.01 and newer, do not apply this patch.
       This "just released" A.02.01 version does not have the security
       problem and customers **should not** attempt to apply a patch
       to this version.  A.02.01 applies to HP-UX 11.00 & 10.20, to
       Solaris 2.5/2.6, and to AIX 4.2/4.3.

   For questions concerning SD-OV issues related to this bulletin #101,
   send e-mail to:    SDOV@security.hp.com

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