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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2004.0204 -- HP SECURITY BULLETIN HPSBMA01003
SSRT4679 - HP Web-enabled Management Software certificate
compromise using HP HTTP Server
15 March 2004
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: HP Web-enabled Management Software
Operating System: Windows 2000
Impact: Access Confidential Data
Access Required: Remote
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HP SECURITY BULLETIN
HPSBMA01003 REVISION: 0
SSRT4679 - HP Web-enabled Management Software
certificate compromise using HP HTTP Server
There are no restrictions for distribution of this Bulletin
provided that it remains complete and intact.
The information in this Security bulletin should be acted upon
as soon as possible.
INITIAL RELEASE: March 2004
POTENTIAL SECURITY IMPACT: With Anonymous
Access enabled, remote user could compromise certificate.
SOURCE: HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY
HP Software Security Response Team
A potential security vulnerability has been identified in the
HP HTTP Server component of HP Web-enabled
Management Software, which includes the HP System
Management Homepage and the HP Insight Management
agents, allowing a remote anonymous user to
compromise certificates if the Anonymous Access
Option has been enabled.
By default, HP Web-enabled Management Software is
configured with the Anonymous Access option disabled.
The HTTP Server version is displayed at the bottom
left-hand corner of the HP System Management
SUPPORTED SOFTWARE VERSIONS*: ONLY impacted versions are listed.
HP HTTP Server (Version 5.0 through Version 5.92) for
Microsoft NT/Windows 2000, HP-UX, Netware, Linux
Survey, Compaq Array Configuration, System Insight
Manager XE (SNMP & DMI Agents). Compaq Foundation
Agents for Servers.
If the Anonymous Access option is enabled, an anonymous
user could potentially send malicious group configuration
requests to the server and compromise the server's Trusted
Note: By default, HP Web-enabled Management Software
is configured with the Anonymous Access option
HP Company wishes to thank Dave Aitel of Immunity, Inc.
for reporting this vulnerability to HP and assisting
us to protect all of our valued customers.
HP recommends that customers upgrade to HP HTTP Server
Version 5.93 (or later), which is available in the HP Web-Enabled
Management Software Security Patch for Windows Version 5.93B
(or later) and downloadable as SoftPaq SP25747. The latest
Security Patch SoftPaq is available for download from the
HP HTTP Server Version 5.93 (or later) will be included
in future releases of HP Web-enabled Management Software,
until then HP strongly recommends that customers leave
anonymous access disabled or if enabled disable as described
To help protect other existing installations until the
recommended upgrade is applied, HP strongly
recommends that the Anonymous Access
option is disabled for all HP Web-enabled
Management Software. The Anonymous Access
option is accessed from the HP System Management
Homepage as follows:
- Launch the HP System Management Homepage.
- Click on the Settings tab.
- Click "Options" under HTTP Server.
- Verify that the check box next to Anonymous
Access is not checked.
- Click "Save Configuration."
To ensure that HP Web-enabled Management Software has
the most current enhancements and patches, upgrade to the
latest versions as they become available. For additional
information, refer to the ProLiant server management web
site at the following URL:www.hp.com/servers/manage
BULLETIN REVISION HISTORY:
* The software product category that this Security Bulletin
relates to is represented by the 5th and 6th characters of
the Bulletin number: GN=General, MA=Management Agents,
MI=Misc. 3rd party, MP=HP-MPE/iX, NS=HP NonStop Servers,
OV=HP OpenVMS, PI=HP Printing & Imaging, ST=HP Storage,
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REPORT: To report a potential security vulnerability with any HP
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System management and security procedures must be reviewed
frequently to maintain system integrity. HP is continually
reviewing and enhancing the security features of software products
to provide customers with current secure solutions.
"HP is broadly distributing this Security Bulletin in order to
bring to the attention of users of the affected HP products the
important security information contained in this Bulletin. HP
recommends that all users determine the applicability of this
information to their individual situations and take appropriate
action. HP does not warrant that this information is necessarily
accurate or complete for all user situations and, consequently, HP
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or disregard of the information provided in this Bulletin. To the
extent permitted by law, HP disclaims all warranties, either
express or implied, including the warranties of merchantability
and fitness for a particular purpose, title and non-infringement."
(c)Copyright 2004 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
Hewlett-Packard Company shall not be liable for technical or
editorial errors or omissions contained herein. The information
provided is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind. To the
extent permitted by law, neither HP or its affiliates,
subcontractors or suppliers will be liable for incidental, special
or consequential damages including downtime cost; lost profits;
damages relating to the procurement of substitute products or
services; or damages for loss of data, or software restoration.
The information in this document is subject to change without
notice. Hewlett-Packard Company and the names of Hewlett-Packard
products referenced herein are trademarks of Hewlett-Packard
Company in the United States and other countries. Other product
and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their
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