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             AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution

                          ESB-2007.0060 -- [AIX]
      Authentication vulnerability in pop3d, pop3ds, imapd and imapds
                              29 January 2007


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:              pop3d
Publisher:            IBM
Operating System:     AIX 5.3
Impact:               Inappropriate Access
Access:               Remote/Unauthenticated

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First Issued: Fri Jan 26 10:10:13 CST 2007
                           VULNERABILITY SUMMARY

VULNERABILITY:      Authentication vulnerability in pop3d, pop3ds, imapd
                    and imapds.

PLATFORMS:          AIX 5.3.

SOLUTION:           Apply the APAR, interim fix or workaround as 
		    described below.

THREAT:             Remote users can authenticate to pop3d, pop3ds, imapd
                    and imapds when authentication should be denied.

CERT VU Number:     n/a
CVE Number:         n/a
                           DETAILED INFORMATION

I.  Description

An authentication vulnerability has been discovered in pop3d, pop3ds, imapd
and imapds. The vulnerability allows a user to authenticate under
circumstances when authentication should fail. It is possible for a remote
attacker to exploit this vulnerability. Attackers will be able to use these
services as though they successfully authenticated. These daemons ship as
part of the bos.net.tcp.server fileset.

The following table shows the versions of bos.net.tcp.server which are
affected by this vulnerability:

AIX Release          Lower         Upper
                     Level         Level
AIX 5.2              n/a           n/a
AIX 5.3    

II. Impact
A remote user can authenticate to pop3d, pop3ds, imapd and imapds when
authentication should be denied.

III.  Solutions


IBM provides the following fixes:

      APAR number for AIX 5.3.0:  IY93084 (available approx. 03/07/07)

NOTE: Affected customers are urged to upgrade to the latest applicable
Technology Level.

B. Interim Fix

Interim fixes are available. The interim fixes can be downloaded via ftp


This is a compressed tarball containing this advisory, interim fix packages
and cleartext PGP signatures for each package.

Verify you have retrieved the fixes intact:
The checksums below were generated using the "sum" and "md5sum" commands
and are as follows:

Filename                   sum           md5
IY93084_03.070111.epkg.Z   30827  2193   f2eaab199ede9f1558f2cdbcb5bf1c4e
IY93084_04.070111.epkg.Z   55091  2198   d9bdd94a06a6644b1e409130e0545237
IY93084_05.070123.epkg.Z   61360  2201   cb24548b7ba7cb80d6c5142de62db092

See the table below to determine which AIX Technology Level a given interim
fix maps to.

These sums should match exactly. The PGP signatures in the compressed
tarball and on this advisory can also be used to verify the integrity of
the various files they correspond to. If the sums or signatures cannot be
confirmed, double check the command results and the download site address.
If those are OK, contact IBM AIX Security at security-alert@austin.ibm.com
and describe the discrepancy.

The interim fixes include prerequisite checking. This will ensure the
correct mapping between the interim fixes and AIX Technology Levels. The
following table shows the prerequisite fileset levels required for the
fixes above. The levels show are for bos.net.tcp.server.

Interim                    Fileset Level     Fileset Level   AIX
Fix                        (lower level)     (upper level)   Level
IY93084_03.070111.epkg.Z        5300-03
IY93084_04.070111.epkg.Z        5300-04
IY93084_05.070123.epkg.Z        5300-05

IMPORTANT: If possible, it is recommended that a mksysb backup of the
system is created. Verify it is both bootable, and readable before

Customers may contact IBM support if any issues arise with these interim

Interim Installation Instructions:
These packages use the new Interim Fix Management Solution to install and
manage interim fixes. More information can be found at:


To preview an epkg interim fix installation execute the following command:

# emgr -e ipkg_name -p       # where ipkg_name is the name of the
                             # interim fix package being previewed.

To install an epkg interim fix package, execute the following command:

# emgr -e ipkg_name -X       # where ipkg_name is the name of the
                             # interim fix package being installed.

The "X" flag will expand any filesystems if required.

C. Workaround

Disable the daemons if they are not being used.

IV. Obtaining Fixes

AIX Version 5 APARs can be downloaded from:


Security related Interim Fixes can be downloaded from:


V.  Contact Information

If you would like to receive AIX Security Advisories via email, please


Comments regarding the content of this announcement can be directed to:


To request the PGP public key that can be used to communicate securely
with the AIX Security Team send email to security-alert@austin.ibm.com
with a subject of "get key". The key can also be downloaded from a PGP
Public Key Server. The key id is 0x1B14F299.

Please contact your local IBM AIX support center for any assistance.

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