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                   ESB-2002.388 -- SGI Security Advisory
                          iPlanet vulnerabilities
                               2 August 2002


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:                iPlanet
Vendor:                 SGI
Operating System:       IRIX 6.5.x
Impact:                 Root Compromise
Access Required:        Remote

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                          SGI Security Advisory

        Title:      iPlanet vulnerabilities
        Number:     20020803-01-P
        Date:       August 1, 2002
        Reference:  CERT® Vulnerability Note #276767
        Reference:  CAN-2001-0327

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- - --- Issue Specifics ---
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Multiple vulnerabilities exist in the iPlanet Web Servers as supplied by SGI.

1) CERT has reported that a buffer overflow exists that may allow remote
attackers to gain read access to sensitive information contained in the
memory of the web server process. The information disclosed may include
userids, passwords, cookies or authentication data belonging to other users
of the web server. With this data the attacker may be able to falsely
authenticate themselves to the web server as other users. In some cases, the
attacker may be able to prevent the normal operation of the web server using
this vulnerability.

More information is available at the following URLs:


2) The SNMP agent (magt) daemon supplied with the Admin Server component of
Netscape Directory Server 4.1x, iPlanet Directory Server 5.0, iPlanet
Directory Server 5.1, and iPlanet Web Proxy Server 3.6 on UNIX platforms is
vulnerable to a malformed request. The malformed request will cause the
"magt" daemon to abruptly exit, so that it will no longer accept requests.

More information is available at the following URLs:


3) There are also three additional vulnerabilities that exist in the
iPlanet Web Servers that are NOT addressed by this advisory. See the
"Impact" section.

SGI has investigated the issues and recommends the following steps for
neutralizing the exposure.  It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that these measures be
implemented on ALL vulnerable SGI systems.

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- - --- Impact ---
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The iPlanet Webservers are an optional product and are not installed by
default on IRIX systems.

These vulnerabilities may be exploited by a remote user, and no local
account is required.

The exploitation of these vulnerabilities can lead to a root compromise.

These vulnerabilities have been reported by CERT and have been publicly
discussed in Usenet newsgroups and mailing lists.

The iPlanet webserver buffer overflow was assigned the following CVE:

See the following URLs for additional details on three vulnerabilities that
are not addressed by this patch or advisory, and iPlanet's suggested

1) wp-force-auth can be used in a brute force password cracking attack

2) Unauthorized listing of directory contents via "?wp-" query

3) The search functionality, not enabled by default, is vulnerable:

   Steps to disable the Search function per iPlanet, is:

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- - --- Solution ---
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No patch is provided for magt iPlanet binary. Here are the steps to disable
the binary:

   $ su -

   # cd <server_root>/plugins/snmp/magt

     (where server_root is the directory where iPlanet was installed)

   # chmod -x magt

   # killall magt

SGI has provided a patch that will fixes the iPlanet webserver buffer
overflow vulnerability reported by CERT.

   OS Version     Vulnerable?     Patch #      Other Actions
   ----------     -----------     -------      -------------
   IRIX 3.x        unknown                     Note 1
   IRIX 4.x        unknown                     Note 1
   IRIX 5.x        unknown                     Note 1
   IRIX 6.0.x      unknown                     Note 1
   IRIX 6.1        unknown                     Note 1
   IRIX 6.2        unknown                     Note 1
   IRIX 6.3        unknown                     Note 1
   IRIX 6.4        unknown                     Note 1
   IRIX 6.5          yes          4458         Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.1        yes          4458         Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.2        yes          4458         Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.3        yes          4458         Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.4        yes          4458         Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.5        yes          4458         Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.6        yes          4458         Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.7        yes          4458         Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.8        yes          4458         Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.9        yes          4458         Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.10       yes          4458         Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.11       yes          4458         Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.12       yes          4458         Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.13       yes          4458         Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.14       yes          4458         Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.15       yes          4458         Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.16       yes          4458         Notes 2 & 3


     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

     2) If you have not received an IRIX 6.5.X CD for IRIX 6.5, contact your
        SGI Support Provider or URL: http://support.sgi.com/irix/swupdates/

     3) It is important to read and follow the instructions in the Release
        Notes, as installation of this patch is somewhat different than the
        normal IRIX patch installation process.

                ##### Patch File Checksums ####

The actual patch will be a tar file containing the following files:

Filename:                 README.patch.4458
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    50917 16 README.patch.4458
Algorithm #2 (sum):       57222 16 README.patch.4458
MD5 checksum:             D49E1BC06F81D30936E989B5CD80AAAB

Filename:                 patchSG0004458
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    01038 2 patchSG0004458
Algorithm #2 (sum):       47864 2 patchSG0004458
MD5 checksum:             5F064AA44D481399A5A2DF80A793E5A5

Filename:                 patchSG0004458.idb
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    11186 3 patchSG0004458.idb
Algorithm #2 (sum):       40448 3 patchSG0004458.idb
MD5 checksum:             22A1B02382466557D89C8ADF1103D413

Filename:                 patchSG0004458.ip_enterprise_sw
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    24113 23 patchSG0004458.ip_enterprise_sw
Algorithm #2 (sum):       15037 23 patchSG0004458.ip_enterprise_sw
MD5 checksum:             471CE5D3EDE623B3C464EB5812D25CA2

Filename:                 swmgr.README.html
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    08491 2 swmgr.README.html
Algorithm #2 (sum):       28127 2 swmgr.README.html
MD5 checksum:             DA5DCB9051F1C1B65397A6D0CAEB35FC

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- - --- Acknowledgments ----
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SGI wishes to thank Kevin Dunn, Chris Eng, CERT, and the users of the
Internet Community at large for their assistance in this matter.

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- - --- Links ---
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SGI Security Advisories can be found at:
http://www.sgi.com/support/security/ and

SGI Security Patches can be found at:
http://www.sgi.com/support/security/ and

SGI patches for IRIX can be found at the following patch servers:
http://support.sgi.com/irix/ and ftp://patches.sgi.com/

SGI freeware updates for IRIX can be found at:

SGI fixes for SGI open sourced code can be found on:

SGI patches and RPMs for Linux can be found at:
http://support.sgi.com/linux/ or

SGI patches for Windows NT or 2000 can be found at:

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

IRIX 6.5 Maintenance Release Streams can be found at:

IRIX 6.5 Software Update CDs can be obtained from:

The primary SGI anonymous FTP site for security advisories and patches is
patches.sgi.com (  Security advisories and patches are
located under the URL ftp://patches.sgi.com/support/free/security/

For security and patch management reasons, ftp.sgi.com (mirrors
patches.sgi.com security FTP repository) lags behind and does not do a
real-time update.

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- - --- SGI Security Information/Contacts ---
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information and is available via anonymous FTP and the Web.

The primary SGI anonymous FTP site for security advisories and patches is
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The SGI Security Headquarters Web page is accessible at the URL:

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