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ESB-2002.610 -- SGI Security Advisory -- CDE ToolTalk rpc.ttdbserverd vulnerabilities

Date: 07 November 2002
References: ESB-2002.335  

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             AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution

                   ESB-2002.610 -- SGI Security Advisory
               CDE ToolTalk rpc.ttdbserverd vulnerabilities
                             07 November 2002


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

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

Ref:                    ESB-2002.335

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                          SGI Security Advisory

         Title:  CDE ToolTalk rpc.ttdbserverd vulnerabilities
        Number:  20021101-01-P
          Date:  November 5, 2002
     Reference:  CAN-2002-0677
     Reference:  CAN-2002-0678
     Reference:  CERT CA-2002-20
     Reference:  SGI BUG 860033
     Reference:  Fixed in CDE 5.2 and patch 4799

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

It's been reported that there are vulnerabilities in the CDE
/usr/dt/bin/rpc.ttdbserverd daemon.

See for additional details.

This vulnerability has been assigned the following CVEs:

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 by a patch and in future releases of CDE.

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

The CDE rpc.ttdbserverd binary is not installed by default on IRIX 6.5
systems. It is part of the optional IRIX CDE package (cde.sw.eoe).

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 usr/dt/bin/rpc.ttdbserverd
  f  3899   594 cde.sw.eoe              usr/dt/bin/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 vulnerabilities.
SGI recommends upgrading to CDE 5.2 and installing the appropriate
patch from the listing below.

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

SGI has provided a patch for CDE 5.2.

   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           4799        Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.1        yes           4799        Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.2        yes           4799        Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.3        yes           4799        Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.4        yes           4799        Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.5        yes           4799        Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.6        yes           4799        Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.7        yes           4799        Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.8        yes           4799        Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.9        yes           4799        Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.10       yes           4799        Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.11       yes           4799        Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.12       yes           4799        Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.13       yes           4799        Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.14       yes           4799        Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.15       yes           4799        Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.16       yes           4799        Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.17       yes           4799        Notes 2 & 3


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

     3) Upgrade to CDE 5.2 and install patch 4799.

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

The actual patch will be a tar file containing the following files:
Filename:                 README.patch.4799
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    52132 8 README.patch.4799
Algorithm #2 (sum):       53618 8 README.patch.4799
MD5 checksum:             EA29DFD4E784C9968E8CD7BA688935CA

Filename:                 patchSG0004799
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    38262 4 patchSG0004799
Algorithm #2 (sum):       64719 4 patchSG0004799
MD5 checksum:             4A56E2BC6D3A6B11AAB68B50A9AE12C8

Filename:                 patchSG0004799.cde_sw
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    57766 7281 patchSG0004799.cde_sw
Algorithm #2 (sum):       36577 7281 patchSG0004799.cde_sw
MD5 checksum:             59F6CC85F7B76A408D5D68516B9ED0AD

Filename:                 patchSG0004799.idb
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    20823 4 patchSG0004799.idb
Algorithm #2 (sum):       19434 4 patchSG0004799.idb
MD5 checksum:             A69541B271F8B9486CD0F4F4747F00A3

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

SGI wishes to thank Core SDI, FIRST and the users of the Internet Community
at large for their assistance in this matter.

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

SGI Security Advisories can be found at: and

SGI Security Patches can be found at: and

SGI patches for IRIX can be found at the following patch servers: and

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: 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: and

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 (  Security advisories and patches are
located under the URL

For security and patch management reasons, (mirrors security FTP repository) lags behind and does not do a
real-time update.

- - -----------------------------------------
- - --- SGI Security Information/Contacts ---
- - -----------------------------------------

If there are questions about this document, email can be sent to


SGI provides security information and patches for use by the entire SGI
community.  This information is freely available to any person needing the
information and is available via anonymous FTP and the Web.

The primary SGI anonymous FTP site for security advisories and patches is (  Security advisories and patches are
located under the URL

The SGI Security Headquarters Web page is accessible at the URL:

For issues with the patches on the FTP sites, email can be sent to

For assistance obtaining or working with security patches, please
contact your SGI support provider.


SGI provides a free security mailing list service called wiretap and
encourages interested parties to self-subscribe to receive (via email) all
SGI Security Advisories when they are released. Subscribing to the mailing
list can be done via the Web
( or by sending email to
SGI as outlined below.

% mail
subscribe wiretap <YourEmailAddress such as >

In the example above, <YourEmailAddress> is the email address that you wish
the mailing list information sent to.  The word end must be on a separate
line to indicate the end of the body of the message. The control-d (^d) is
used to indicate to the mail program that you are finished composing the
mail message.


SGI provides a comprehensive customer World Wide Web site. This site is
located at .


If there are general security questions on SGI systems, email can be sent to

For reporting *NEW* SGI security issues, email can be sent to or contact your SGI support provider.  A support
contract is not required for submitting a security report.

      This information is provided freely to all interested parties
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      way, SGI is appropriately credited and the document retains and
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