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11 April 2003

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                  ESB-2003.0275 -- SGI Security Advisory
                     xfsdump creates files insecurely
                               11 April 2003


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:                xfsdump
Vendor:                 SGI
Operating System:       IRIX 6.5.19f and prior
Impact:                 Root Compromise
Access Required:        Existing Account
CVE Names:              CAN-2003-0173

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                          SGI Security Advisory

Title    : xfsdump creates files insecurely
Number   : 20030404-01-P
Date     : April 10, 2003
Reference: CVE CAN-2003-0173
Reference: SGI BUG 885222
Fixed in : IRIX 6.5.20 (when available) or patches 5059 and 5060

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

It's been reported that xfsdump creates quota information files insecurely,
possibly leading to a root exploit by a local user.

See: http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2003-0173

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 patches and in future releases of

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

The xfsdump binary is installed by default on IRIX 6.5 systems as part of

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

  # /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.

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

There is no effective workaround available for these problems if you need to
use xfsdump on xfs filesystems with quotas.  SGI recommends either upgrading
to IRIX 6.5.20 (when available), or installing the appropriate patch from
the listing below.

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

SGI has provided a series of patches for these vulnerabilities. Our
recommendation is to upgrade to IRIX 6.5.20 (when available), 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                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.14       yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.15       yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.16m      yes           5059        Notes 2 & 4
   IRIX 6.5.16f      yes           5060        Notes 2 & 4
   IRIX 6.5.17m      yes           5059        Notes 2 & 4
   IRIX 6.5.17f      yes           5060        Notes 2 & 4
   IRIX 6.5.18m      yes           5059        Notes 2 & 4
   IRIX 6.5.18f      yes           5060        Notes 2 & 4
   IRIX 6.5.19m      yes           5059        Notes 2 & 4
   IRIX 6.5.19f      yes           5060        Notes 2 & 4
   IRIX 6.5.20        no


     1) This version of the IRIX operating has been retired. Upgrade to an
	actively supported IRIX operating system.  See
	http://support.sgi.com/ 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/

     3) Upgrade to IRIX 6.5.20 (when available)

     4) Upgrade to IRIX 6.5.20 (when available) or install the patch

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

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

Filename:                 README.patch.5059
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    42028 10 README.patch.5059
Algorithm #2 (sum):       2632 10 README.patch.5059
MD5 checksum:             1AC8B7BE35C147D14C6BE8E57BBE3506

Filename:                 patchSG0005059
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    35357 4 patchSG0005059
Algorithm #2 (sum):       54133 4 patchSG0005059
MD5 checksum:             95B0D4C4F6EEA7BF3485B2770F979E0A

Filename:                 patchSG0005059.eoe_man
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    40035 6 patchSG0005059.eoe_man
Algorithm #2 (sum):       1308 6 patchSG0005059.eoe_man
MD5 checksum:             9AF1B72719A03646FEC03FF8C172FB73

Filename:                 patchSG0005059.eoe_sw
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    29249 359 patchSG0005059.eoe_sw
Algorithm #2 (sum):       22794 359 patchSG0005059.eoe_sw
MD5 checksum:             3B62950D43457B4F56D50257500FC443

Filename:                 patchSG0005059.idb
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    59650 2 patchSG0005059.idb
Algorithm #2 (sum):       59732 2 patchSG0005059.idb
MD5 checksum:             FA2044B2B051A7AAA423CC9B816B3E22

Filename:                 README.patch.5060
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    33966 10 README.patch.5060
Algorithm #2 (sum):       2418 10 README.patch.5060
MD5 checksum:             D543B3BE2BFFE152ECF88ECDFD7A8582

Filename:                 patchSG0005060
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    14237 4 patchSG0005060
Algorithm #2 (sum):       59998 4 patchSG0005060
MD5 checksum:             92AFE1F0DDE38503FB48A02CBBE35D80

Filename:                 patchSG0005060.eoe_man
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    07693 6 patchSG0005060.eoe_man
Algorithm #2 (sum):       41147 6 patchSG0005060.eoe_man
MD5 checksum:             47A55B469DEAEA18136C7540A01435D5

Filename:                 patchSG0005060.eoe_sw
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    31162 361 patchSG0005060.eoe_sw
Algorithm #2 (sum):       15461 361 patchSG0005060.eoe_sw
MD5 checksum:             5ECD41272723A9B80D56AF17265FDDA4

Filename:                 patchSG0005060.idb
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    28575 2 patchSG0005060.idb
Algorithm #2 (sum):       59664 2 patchSG0005060.idb
MD5 checksum:             D6F4923E4BF2677607A892CFA2101AF7

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

SGI wishes to thank Ethan Benson, Nathan Scott and Debian for their
assistance in this matter.

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- - --- Links ---
- - -------------

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/ 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/ 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/ 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

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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