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                  ESB-2003.0042 -- SGI Security Advisory
        IRIX ToolTalk RPC Server Format String Vulnerability update
                              22 January 2003


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:                rpc.ttdbserverd
Vendor:                 SGI
Operating System:       IRIX 6.5 (excluding 6.5.18)
Impact:                 Root Compromise
                        Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands
                        Denial of Service
Access Required:        Remote

Ref:                    ESB-2002.611

Comment: CVE Id: CAN-2002-0677 CAN-2002-0678

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                          SGI Security Advisory

Title    : IRIX ToolTalk RPC Server Format String Vulnerability update
Number   : 20021102-02-P
Date     : January 21, 2003
Reference: CERT CA-1999-11
Reference: CAN-2002-0677
Reference: CAN-2002-0678
Reference: SGI Security Advisory 20021102-01-P
Reference: SGI BUGS 872674 833473 860031 861480 872674
Fixed in : IRIX 6.5.18 or patch 4869


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- - --- Issue Specifics ---
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This bulletin is an update to SGI Security Bulletin 20021102-01-P, see

The patch referenced in 20021102-01-P did not apply cleanly in some
instances.  A new patch has been created that will apply cleanly on
current IRIX systems.

In addition to the items outlined in the above bulletin, this bulletin and
the fixes noted herein fix vulnerability #2 in CERT CA-1999-11.  See
http://www.cert.org/advisories/CA-1999-11.html 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 with a patch and in IRIX 6.5.18.

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

The rpc.ttdbserverd binary is not installed by default on IRIX 6.5 systems.
It is part of the optional IRIX ToolTalk package (tooltalk_eoe.sw.runtime).

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

  # 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 rpc.ttdbserverd is installed, execute the following command:

  # versions long | grep rpc.ttdbserverd
  f  1868   699 tooltalk_eoe.sw.runtime   usr/ToolTalk/etc/rpc.ttdbserverd
  l     0     0 tooltalk_eoe.man.manpages usr/ToolTalk/man1m/rpc.ttdbserverd.z
  l     0     0 tooltalk_eoe.sw.links     usr/etc/rpc.ttdbserverd

If the output of the command is similar to the above, then rpc.ttdbserverd
is installed and the system may be vulnerable.

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

There is no effective workaround available for these problems if you need to
use tooltalk.  SGI recommends either upgrading to IRIX 6.5.18 or later, or
installing the appropriate patch from the listing below.

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

SGI has provided a patch for these vulnerabilities. Our recommendation is to
upgrade to IRIX 6.5.18 or later, or install the appropriate patch.

   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            4869       Notes 2 & 4
   IRIX 6.5.14       yes            4869       Notes 2 & 4
   IRIX 6.5.15       yes            4869       Notes 2 & 4
   IRIX 6.5.16       yes            4869       Notes 2 & 4
   IRIX 6.5.17       yes            4869       Notes 2 & 4
   IRIX 6.5.18        no
   IRIX 6.5.19        no


     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) Upgrade to IRIX 6.5.18 or later.

     4) Install patch 4869

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

The actual patch will be a tar file containing the following files:
Filename:                 README.patch.4869
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    53016 9 README.patch.4869
Algorithm #2 (sum):       14406 9 README.patch.4869
MD5 checksum:             303DD387DFE68CFDDA2CA6E90FBD1458

Filename:                 patchSG0004869
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    41095 10 patchSG0004869
Algorithm #2 (sum):       47942 10 patchSG0004869
MD5 checksum:             FA89F863A13260802B955C291CF4E559

Filename:                 patchSG0004869.idb
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    00996 4 patchSG0004869.idb
Algorithm #2 (sum):       7378 4 patchSG0004869.idb
MD5 checksum:             1F36ECD4C5AEC9A18CD4345C19BBF6A8

Filename:                 patchSG0004869.tooltalk_dev_sw
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    21681 1655 patchSG0004869.tooltalk_dev_sw
Algorithm #2 (sum):       8508 1655 patchSG0004869.tooltalk_dev_sw
MD5 checksum:             56659F4A7DA25619010A8816C1E0D064

Filename:                 patchSG0004869.tooltalk_dev_sw32
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    37189 2917 patchSG0004869.tooltalk_dev_sw32
Algorithm #2 (sum):       6832 2917 patchSG0004869.tooltalk_dev_sw32
MD5 checksum:             6245A6D986CDF5A2EA3F097A6F7DC933

Filename:                 patchSG0004869.tooltalk_dev_sw64
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    45954 3006 patchSG0004869.tooltalk_dev_sw64
Algorithm #2 (sum):       55245 3006 patchSG0004869.tooltalk_dev_sw64
MD5 checksum:             56C5A41B76CCACA7AA88760765D49404

Filename:                 patchSG0004869.tooltalk_eoe_sw
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    27494 1889 patchSG0004869.tooltalk_eoe_sw
Algorithm #2 (sum):       19920 1889 patchSG0004869.tooltalk_eoe_sw
MD5 checksum:             8BBAA83A67A9837A81B9B8A4C2741A03

Filename:                 patchSG0004869.tooltalk_eoe_sw32
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    60032 1754 patchSG0004869.tooltalk_eoe_sw32
Algorithm #2 (sum):       64843 1754 patchSG0004869.tooltalk_eoe_sw32
MD5 checksum:             739CE7973CA2FA3221B47E4CDB195FEF

Filename:                 patchSG0004869.tooltalk_eoe_sw64
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    33020 1765 patchSG0004869.tooltalk_eoe_sw64
Algorithm #2 (sum):       12328 1765 patchSG0004869.tooltalk_eoe_sw64
MD5 checksum:             342B92891AB8E9B407C6142015B4D129

- - ------------------------
- - --- Acknowledgments ----
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SGI wishes to thank Entercept, Core SDI, 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

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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