-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----
AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2000.001 -- CIAC Bulletin K-014
HP-UX Aserver Vulnerability
05 January 2000
The CIAC, the Computer Incident Advisory Capability, has released the
following bulletin concerning a vulnerability in Aserver on HP9000 Series
7/800 running HP-UX releases 10.X and 11.X.
This vulnerability may be exploited to gain root access.
This vulnerability is different to the one previously described in AusCERT
- --------------------------BEGIN INCLUDED TEXT--------------------
- -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----
The U.S. Department of Energy
Computer Incident Advisory Capability
___ __ __ _ ___
/ | /_ /
\___ __|__ / \___
HP-UX Aserver Vulnerability
January 2, 19100 19:00 GMT Number K-014
PROBLEM: A vulnerability has been identified in Aserver.
PLATFORM: HP9000 Series 7/800 running HP-UX releases 10.X and 11.X.
DAMAGE: An exploit to gain Root access has been made publicly
SOLUTION: Implement procedure specified within HP bulletin.
VULNERABILITY The risk is HIGH since root access can be acquired.
CIAC wishes to acknowledge the contributions of Hewlett-Packard for the
information contained in this bulletin.
CIAC, the Computer Incident Advisory Capability, is the computer
security incident response team for the U.S. Department of Energy
(DOE) and the emergency backup response team for the National
Institutes of Health (NIH). CIAC is located at the Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory in Livermore, California. CIAC is also a founding
member of FIRST, the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams, a
global organization established to foster cooperation and coordination
among computer security teams worldwide.
CIAC services are available to DOE, DOE contractors, and the NIH. CIAC
can be contacted at:
Voice: +1 925-422-8193
FAX: +1 925-423-8002
STU-III: +1 925-423-2604
For emergencies and off-hour assistance, DOE, DOE contractor sites,
and the NIH may contact CIAC 24-hours a day. During off hours (5PM -
8AM PST), use one of the following methods to contact CIAC:
1. Call the CIAC voice number 925-422-8193 and leave a message, or
2. Call 888-449-8369 to send a Sky Page to the CIAC duty person or
3. Send e-mail to email@example.com, or
4. Call 800-201-9288 for the CIAC Project Leader.
Previous CIAC notices, anti-virus software, and other information are
available from the CIAC Computer Security Archive.
World Wide Web: http://www.ciac.org/
(or http://ciac.llnl.gov -- they're the same machine)
Anonymous FTP: ftp.ciac.org
(or ciac.llnl.gov -- they're the same machine)
Modem access: +1 (925) 423-4753 (28.8K baud)
+1 (925) 423-3331 (28.8K baud)
CIAC has several self-subscribing mailing lists for electronic
1. CIAC-BULLETIN for Advisories, highest priority - time critical
information and Bulletins, important computer security information;
2. SPI-ANNOUNCE for official news about Security Profile Inspector
(SPI) software updates, new features, distribution and
3. SPI-NOTES, for discussion of problems and solutions regarding the
use of SPI products.
Our mailing lists are managed by a public domain software package
called Majordomo, which ignores E-mail header subject lines. To
subscribe (add yourself) to one of our mailing lists, send the
following request as the E-mail message body, substituting
ciac-bulletin, spi-announce OR spi-notes for list-name:
E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com:
e.g., subscribe ciac-bulletin
You will receive an acknowledgment E-mail immediately with a confirmation
that you will need to mail back to the addresses above, as per the
instructions in the E-mail. This is a partial protection to make sure
you are really the one who asked to be signed up for the list in question.
If you include the word 'help' in the body of an E-mail to the above address,
it will also send back an information file on how to subscribe/unsubscribe,
get past issues of CIAC bulletins via E-mail, etc.
PLEASE NOTE: Many users outside of the DOE, ESnet, and NIH computing
communities receive CIAC bulletins. If you are not part of these
communities, please contact your agency's response team to report
incidents. Your agency's team will coordinate with CIAC. The Forum of
Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) is a world-wide
organization. A list of FIRST member organizations and their
constituencies can be obtained via WWW at http://www.first.org/.
This document was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an
agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States
Government nor the University of California nor any of their
employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any
legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or
usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process
disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately
owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial products,
process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or
otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement,
recommendation or favoring by the United States Government or the
University of California. The views and opinions of authors expressed
herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States
Government or the University of California, and shall not be used for
advertising or product endorsement purposes.
LAST 10 CIAC BULLETINS ISSUED (Previous bulletins available from CIAC)
K-004: Microsoft "Excel SYLK" Vulnerability
K-005: Microsoft "Virtual Machine Verifier" Vulnerability
K-006: Microsoft - Improve TCP Initial Sequence Number Randomness
K-007: Multiple Vulnerabilities in BIND
K-008: ExploreZip (packed) Worm
K-009: Qpopper Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
K-010: Solaris Snoop Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
K-011: Buffer Overflow Vulnerabilities in SSH Daemon and RSAREF2
K-012: Cisco Cache Engine Authentication Vulnerabilities
K-013: Buffer Overflow in Sun Solstic AdminSuite Daemon sadmind
- -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE-----
Version: 4.0 Business Edition
- -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----
- --------------------------END INCLUDED TEXT--------------------
This security bulletin is provided as a service to AusCERT's members. As
AusCERT did not write the document quoted above, AusCERT has had no control
over its content. The decision to use any or all of this information is
the responsibility of each user or organisation, and should be done so in
accordance with site policies and procedures.
NOTE: This is only the original release of the security bulletin. It may
not be updated when updates to the original are made. If downloading at
a later date, it is recommended that the bulletin is retrieved directly
from the original authors to ensure that the information is still current.
Contact information for the authors of the original document is included
in the Security Bulletin above. If you have any questions or need further
information, please contact them directly.
Previous advisories and external security bulletins can be retrieved from:
If you believe that your system has been compromised, contact AusCERT or
your representative in FIRST (Forum of Incident Response and Security
Internet Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Facsimile: (07) 3365 7031
Telephone: (07) 3365 4417 (International: +61 7 3365 4417)
AusCERT personnel answer during Queensland business hours
which are GMT+10:00 (AEST).
On call after hours for emergencies.
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE-----
-----END PGP SIGNATURE-----