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             ESB-2000.030 -- HP SECURITY BULLETIN HPSBUX0002-111
              Sec. Vulnerability with Ignite on Trusted systems
                              21 February 2000


Hewlett-Packard has released the following bulletin concerning a 
vulnerability with Ignite on 'trusted systems' on HP-9000 Series 700/800 
running release HP-UX 11.X only.  If a system image of a trusted system is 
created with Ignite-UX and /etc/passwd is not saved in the image (the 
default behaviour for Ignite-UX) blank password fields may appear in a the 
/etc/passwd file of a trusted system restored using such an system image.

This vulnerability may allow users to gain additional privileges.

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Document ID:  HPSBUX0002-111
Date Loaded:  20000216
      Title:  Sec. Vulnerability with Ignite on Trusted systems

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The information in the following Security Advisory 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 Advisory as soon as possible.

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PROBLEM:  Trusted systems may have vulnerabilities if a password
          field in /etc/passwd is blank.

PLATFORM: HP-9000 Series700/800 running release HP-UX 11.X only.

DAMAGE:   Increase of privileges.

SOLUTION: Verify that all entries in /etc/passwd have "*" in the
          password field if the system is trusted.

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   A. Background
      Each password field in /etc/passwd should be "*" in a trusted
      system.  This is normally handled automatically.  One way for
      the password field to be set to a blank is to create a system
      image of a trusted system with Ignite-UX and not save /etc/passwd.
      By default Ignite-UX omits /etc/passwd.

   B. Fixing the problem
      In a trusted system if the system or the /etc/passwd file has
      been restored, verify that the password fields in /etc/passwd
      are "*".  If Ignite-UX is used to create an image of a trusted
      system, _override_the_default_ so that /etc/passwd is saved in
      the image.  See man(1M) make_sys_image and note the -f file option.

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