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             ESB-1999.147 -- HP SECURITY BULLETIN HPSBUX9909-103
                                 REVISED 01
                   Security Vulnerability in CDE ttsession
                              21 September 1999


Hewlett-Packard has released the following bulletin concerning
vulnerabilities in the Common Desktop Environment (CDE) as distributed
under HP-9000 Series 700/800 HP-UX releases 10.X & 11.00.  The
vulnerabilities are due to weak authentication mechanisms and buffer
overflows in various CDE programs and libraries.

These vulnerabilities may allow local and remote users to gain root access.

Please note: This bulletin updates information released in AUSCERT
External Security Bulletin ESB-1999.143: "HP SECURITY BULLETIN
HPSBUX9909-103 - Security Vulnerability in CDE ttsession"  

Also Note: The revisions in this advisory refer specifically to HP-UX 
release 10.24.

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Document ID:  HPSBUX9909-103
Date Loaded:  19990919
      Title:  Security Vulnerability in CDE ttsession (Rev.01)

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Last Revised: 20 Sep. 99
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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:  ttsession uses weak RPC authentication mechanism

PLATFORM: HP-9000 Series 700/800 HP-UX releases 10.X & 11.00 running CDE.

DAMAGE:   Allows remote and local users to execute programs with the
          privileges of the running ttsession.

          Install the applicable patch.

AVAILABILITY: The patches for 10.2X and 11.00 are available now.
          NOTE: This bulletin will be revised when other patches
                are available.
CHANGE SUMMARY: This revision affects only HP-UX release 10.24.
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   A. Background
      This problem has been reported in CERT Advisory CA-99-11.

      The advisory reports four vulnerabilities:

        #1: ToolTalk ttsession uses weak RPC authentication mechanism
        #2: CDE dtspcd relies on file-system based authentication
        #3: CDE dtaction buffer overflow
        #4: CDE ToolTalk shared library buffer overflow in TT_SESSION

      With the patches recommended in previous security bulletins
      HP-UX releases 10.X and 11.00 are not vulnerable to #2, #3, nor #4.

      To avoid vulnerability #1 install the applicable patch below.

   B. Fixing the problem - Install the applicable patch:
              HP-UX release 10.10      In progress;
              HP-UX release 10.20      PHSS_19747;
- ------->>>>   HP-UX release 10.24      PHSS_19819;
              HP-UX release 11.00      PHSS_19748.

      Note:  HP-UX release 10.30 was a development release prior to
             the availability of HP-UX release 11.00.  HP-UX release
             10.30 will not be patched.

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