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30 August 2002

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             AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution

                   ESB-2002.478 -- SGI Security Advisory
                      Netscape JAVA JRE vulnerability
                              30 August 2002

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        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
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Product:                Netscape JAVA JRE
Vendor:                 SGI
Operating System:       IRIX prior to 6.5.18
Impact:                 Access Privileged Data
                        Provide Misleading Information
Access Required:        Remote

Ref:                    ESB-2002.114

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_____________________________________________________________________________

                          SGI Security Advisory

        Title:      Netscape JAVA JRE vulnerability
        Number:     20020807-01-I
        Date:       August 29, 2002
        Reference:  CAN-2002-0058
        Reference:  SUN Security Advisory #0216
_____________________________________________________________________________

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- - --- Issue Specifics ---
- - -----------------------

It has been reported that the Netscape Communicator versions that SGI has
shipped with IRIX have security vulnerabilities in the JAVA JRE code.

See http://home.netscape.com/security/
    http://sunsolve.Sun.COM/pub-cgi/retrieve.pl?doctype=coll&doc=secbull/216
...for additional details.

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.

These issues have been corrected in future releases of IRIX.


- - --------------
- - --- Impact ---
- - --------------

The Netscape Communicator package is not installed by default on IRIX 6.5
systems, it is supplied on the IRIX Applications CD.

To determine the version of IRIX you are running, execute the following
command:

  # /bin/uname -R

That will return a result similar to the following:

  # 6.5 6.5.16f

The first number ("6.5") is the release name, the second ("6.5.16f" in this
case) is the extended release name.  The extended release name is the
"version" we refer to throughout this document.

To see if Netscape Communicator is installed, execute the following command:

$ versions -b netscape
I = Installed, R = Removed

   Name                 Date        Description
   I  netscape             09/19/2001  Netscape Communicator Client, 4.79

If the netscape package is installed, the system is vulnerable.

This vulnerability was assigned the following CVE:
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2002-0058


- - ----------------------------
- - --- Temporary Workaround ---
- - ----------------------------

SGI realizes that there are times when upgrading the operating system is
inconvenient or not possible, and in those cases we recommend that you visit
the following URL and install the upgraded Java Runtime Environment (JRE)
available there:

http://www.sgi.com/products/evaluation/6.x_java_plugin_1.1.1/

The upgraded Java Runtime Environment (JRE), 1.3.1_02, is available from:

http://www.sgi.com/products/evaluation/6.5_java2_1.3.1_02/

To get Netscape to use the upgraded JRE, you should have the Netscape
Java plugin installed, available from:

http://www.sgi.com/products/evaluation/6.x_java_plugin_1.1.1/

Another workaround would be to disable Java support at
Preferences->Advanced, but obviously this will remove functionality.


- - ----------------
- - --- Solution ---
- - ----------------

With IRIX 6.5.18, JRE 1.3.1_02 will be on the 6.5.18 Applications CD, so
browsers with the Java plugin can use it by default. Our recommendation is
to upgrade to IRIX 6.5.18 when it becomes available.


   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                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.1        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.2        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.3        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.4        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.5        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.6        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.7        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.8        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.9        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.10       yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.11       yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.12       yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.13       yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.14       yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.15       yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.16       yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.17       yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.18       no

   NOTES

     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) 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) Upgrade to IRIX 6.5.18 or install JRE as described in workaround
        section.


- - ------------------------
- - --- Acknowledgments ----
- - ------------------------

SGI wishes to thank FIRST 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
ftp://patches.sgi.com/support/free/security/advisories/

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

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:
http://freeware.sgi.com/

SGI fixes for SGI open sourced code can be found on:
http://oss.sgi.com/projects/

SGI patches and RPMs for Linux can be found at:
http://support.sgi.com/linux/ or
http://oss.sgi.com/projects/sgilinux-combined/download/security-fixes/

SGI patches for Windows NT or 2000 can be found at:
http://support.sgi.com/nt/

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:
http://support.sgi.com/colls/patches/tools/relstream/index.html

IRIX 6.5 Software Update CDs can be obtained from:
http://support.sgi.com/irix/swupdates/

The primary SGI anonymous FTP site for security advisories and patches is
patches.sgi.com (216.32.174.211).  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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If there are questions about this document, email can be sent to
security-info@sgi.com.

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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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For issues with the patches on the FTP sites, email can be sent to
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SGI provides a comprehensive customer World Wide Web site. This site is
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If there are general security questions on SGI systems, email can be sent to
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