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             ESB-2000.102 -- SGI Security Advisory 20000501-01-P
                        Vulnerability in infosrch.cgi

                                 25 May 2000


	AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:		infosrch.cgi
Vendor:			SGI
Operating System:	IRIX
Platform:		N/A

Impact:			Read-only Data Access
Access Required:	Remote

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                          SGI Security Advisory

        Title:   Vulnerability in infosrch.cgi
        Number:  20000501-01-P
        Date:    May 22, 2000

SGI provides this information freely to the SGI user community for its
consideration, interpretation, implementation and use.   SGI recommends
that this information be acted upon as soon as possible.

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special, exemplary, incidental or consequential damages of any kind arising
from your use of, failure to use or improper use of any of the instructions
or information in this Security Advisory.

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- - --- Issue Specifics ---
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The Infosearch(1) subsystem is used to search and browse virtually all SGI
on-line documentation. The infosrch.cgi(1) is a program that allows access
to infosearch(1) through a default installed HTTP web server on port 80.

Unfortunately, a vulnerability has been discovered in infosrch.cgi(1) which
could allow any remote user to view files on the vulnerable system with
privileges of the user "nobody".

SGI has investigated the issue and recommends the following steps for
neutralizing the exposure.  It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that these measures
be implemented on ALL vulnerable SGI systems.  This issue has been
corrected in future releases of IRIX.

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- - --- Impact ---
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The infosrch.cgi(1) program is installed by default on IRIX.

A local account is not required to exploit this vulnerability.

This vulnerability can be utilized to view files on the local system with
the user privileges of "nobody".

This vulnerability has been publicly discussed in Usenet newsgroups
and mailing lists.

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- - --- Temporary Solution ---
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Although patches are available for this issue, it is realized that
there may be situations where installing the patches immediately may
not be possible.

The steps below can be used to disable the infosrch.cgi(1) program to
prevent exploitation of this vulnerability until patches can be installed.

     1) Become the root user on the system.

                % /bin/su -

     2) Change the permissions on the infosrch.cgi(1) program.

      **** WARNING ****

      Removing the permissions from the infosrch.cgi(1)
      program will prevent non-root users from using the Infosearch
      subsystem through the HTTP web server.

                # /bin/chmod 500 /usr/lib/infosearch/bin/infosrch.cgi

     3) Return to previous level.

                # exit

- - ----------------
- - --- Solution ---
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   OS Version     Vulnerable?     Patch #      Other Actions
   ----------     -----------     -------      -------------

   IRIX 3.x       not tested                   Note 1
   IRIX 4.x       not tested                   Note 1
   IRIX 5.X       not tested                   Note 1
   IRIX 6.0.x-6.1 not tested                   Note 1
   IRIX 6.2          no                        Note 2
   IRIX 6.3-6.4   not tested                   Note 1
   IRIX 6.5-6.5.7    yes           6.5.8       Note 3 & 4
   IRIX 6.5.8        no                        Note 4


     1) This version of the IRIX operating has been retired.
        Upgrade to an actively supported IRIX operating system.
        See http://support.sgi.com/irix/news/index.html#policy
        for more information.

     2) This version of the IRIX operating system is in maintenance mode.
        Upgrade to an actively supported IRIX operating system.
        See http://support.sgi.com/irix/news/index.html#policy
        for more information.

     3) See "Temporary Solution" section.

     4) If you have not received the IRIX 6.5.8 CDs for IRIX 6.5, contact
        your SGI Support Provider or download the IRIX 6.5.8 Maintenance
        Release Stream from http://support.sgi.com/ or

Patches are available via the web, anonymous FTP and from your SGI
service/support provider.

IRIX 5.2-6.4 Recommended/Required Patch Sets can be found at:
http://support.sgi.com/ and ftp://patches.sgi.com/support/patchset/

IRIX 6.5 Maintenance Release Streams can be found at:
http://support.sgi.com/ and ftp://patches.sgi.com/support/relstream/

IRIX Security Patchsets can be found at:
http://www.sgi.com/Support/security/ and ftp://sgigate.sgi.com/patches/

The primary SGI anonymous FTP site for security information and patches
is sgigate.sgi.com ( Security information and patches can be
found in the ~ftp/security and ~ftp/patches directories, respectively.

For security and patch management reasons, ftp.sgi.com (mirror of sgigate) lags
behind and does not do a real-time update of ~ftp/security and ~ftp/patches

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- - --- Acknowledgments ----
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SGI wishes to thank the users of the Internet Community at large for their
assistance in this matter.

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- - --- SGI Security Information/Contacts ---
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