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VB-95:01 - HP Security Vulnerability in Remote Watch
- From: CERT Bulletin
- Date: Thu Mar 02 16:03:57 1995
CERT Vendor-Initiated Bulletin VB-95:01
March 2, 1995
Topic: Security Vulnerability in Remote Watch
Source: Hewlett-Packard Company
To aid in the wide distribution of essential security information, the CERT
Coordination Center is forwarding the following information from
Hewlett-Packard. Hewlett-Packard urges you to act on this information as soon
as possible. Their contact information is included in the forwarded text
below; please contact them if you have any questions or need further
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HEWLETT-PACKARD SECURITY BULLETIN: #00020, 31 January 95
Hewlett-Packard recommends that the information in the following
Security Bulletin should be acted upon as soon as possible. Hewlett-
Packard will not be liable for any consequences to any customer resulting
from customer's failure to fully implement instructions in this Security
Bulletin as soon as possible.
PROBLEM: Security vulnerability in Remote Watch in fileset WATCH-RUN for
releases of HP-UX.
PLATFORM: HP 9000 series 300/400s & 700/800s running HP-UX revisions 8.X, 9.X.
DAMAGE: A vulnerability in Remote Watch exists allowing users to potentially
gain increased privileges.
SOLUTION: Apply patch PHSS_5136 (series 800 , HP-UX 9.X), or
PHSS_5185 (series 800 , HP-UX 8.X), or
PHSS_5107 (series 700 , HP-UX 9.X), or
PHSS_5180 (series 700 , HP-UX 8.X), or
PHSS_5120 (series 300/400, HP-UX 9.X), or
PHSS_5168 (series 300/400, HP-UX 8.X).
AVAILABILITY: All patches are available now.
A. It has been found that HP-UX systems with Remote Watch installed
have this vulnerability. The vulnerability allows users to potentially
gain increased privileges.
If these patches are installed, then the vulnerability cannot be exploited.
B. Fixing the problem
The vulnerability can be eliminated from releases 8.X and 9.X of HP-UX
by applying a patch.
Hewlett-Packard recommends that all customers concerned with the
security of their HP-UX systems apply the appropriate patch as soon as
C. How to Install the Patch (for HP-UX 8.X and 9.X)
1. Determine which patch is appropriate for your hardware platform
and operating system:
PHSS_5136 (series 800 , HP-UX 9.X),
PHSS_5185 (series 800 , HP-UX 8.X),
PHSS_5107 (series 700 , HP-UX 9.X),
PHSS_5180 (series 700 , HP-UX 8.X),
PHSS_5120 (series 300/400, HP-UX 9.X),
PHSS_5168 (series 300/400, HP-UX 8.X),
2. Hewlett Packard's HP-UX patches are available via email
and WWW (MOSAIC)
To obtain a copy of the HP SupportLine email service user's guide,
send the following in the TEXT PORTION OF THE MESSAGE to
firstname.lastname@example.org (no Subject is required):
The users guide explains the process for downloading HP-UX patches
via email and other services available.
WWW (MOSAIC) service (downloading of patches) is
also available via WWW (MOSAIC) our URL is:
3. Apply the patch to your HP-UX system.
4. Examine /tmp/update.log for any relevant WARNINGs or ERRORs. This
can be done as follows:
a. At the shell prompt, type "tail -60 /tmp/update.log | more"
b. Page through the next three screens via the space bar, looking
for WARNING or ERROR messages.
D. Impact of the patch and workaround
No patches will be available for versions of HP-UX prior to 8.0.
E. To subscribe to automatically receive future NEW HP Security
Bulletins from the HP SupportLine mail service via electronic
mail, send an email message to:
email@example.com (no Subject is required)
Multiple instructions are allowed in the TEXT PORTION OF THE
MESSAGE, here are some basic instructions you may want to use:
To add your name to the subscription list for new security
bulletins, send the following in the TEXT PORTION OF THE MESSAGE:
To retrieve the index of all HP Security Bulletins issued to date,
send the following in the TEXT PORTION OF THE MESSAGE:
WWW (MOSAIC) service (Browsing of Bulletins) is also available
via WWW (MOSAIC) our URL is: (http://support.mayfield.hp.com)
Choose "Support News", then under Support News,
choose "Security Bulletins"
F. To report new security vulnerabilities, send email to:
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