Notified: December 13, 1999 Updated: May 07, 2001
Please see Sun Security Bulletin #191. An excerpt is provided below.
The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.
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Bulletin Number: #00191
Date: December 29, 1999
Cross-Ref: CERT CA-99-16
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1. Bulletins Topics
Sun announces the release of patches for Solaris(tm) 7, 2.6, 2.5.1,
2.5, 2.4, and 2.3 (SunOS(tm) 5.7, 5.6, 5.5.1, 5.5, 5.4 and 5.3), which
relate to a vulnerability with sadmind.
Sun recommends that you install the patches listed in section 4
immediately on systems running SunOS 5.7, 5.6, 5.5.1, and 5.5 and
on systems with Solstice AdminSuite (AdminSuite) installed. If you have
installed a version of AdminSuite prior to version 2.3, please upgrade
to AdminSuite 2.3 before installing the AdminSuite patches listed in
Sun also recommends that you:
- disable sadmind if you do not use it by commenting the
following line in /etc/inetd.conf:
100232/10 tli rpc/udp wait root /usr/sbin/sadmind sadmind
- set the security level used to authenticate requests to STRONG
as follows, if you use sadmind:
100232/10 tli rpc/udp wait root /usr/sbin/sadmind sadmind -S 2
The above changes to /etc/inetd.conf will take effect after inetd
receives a hang-up signal.
2. Who is Affected
Vulnerable: SunOS 5.7, 5.7_x86, 5.6, 5.6_x86, 5.5.1, 5.5.1_x86,
5.5, 5.5_x86, and
5.4, 5.4_x86, and 5.3 with AdminSuite installed
Not vulnerable: All other supported versions of SunOS.
3. Understanding the Vulnerability
The sadmind program is installed by default on SunOS 5.7, 5.6, 5.5.1,
and 5.5. In SunOS 5.4 and 5.3, sadmind may be installed if the
Solstice AdminSuite packages are installed. The sadmind program
is installed in /usr/sbin. The program can be used to perform
distributed system administration operations remotely. A buffer overflow
vulnerability has been discovered in sadmind which may be exploited by
a remote attacker to execute arbitrary instructions and gain root access.
4. List of Patches
The following patches are available in relation to the above problem.
OS Version Patch ID
SunOS 5.7 108662-01
SunOS 5.7_x86 108663-01
SunOS 5.6 108660-01
SunOS 5.6_x86 108661-01
SunOS 5.5.1 108658-01
SunOS 5.5.1_x86 108659-01
SunOS 5.5 108656-01
SunOS 5.5_x86 108657-01
AdminSuite Version Patch ID
2.3 104468-18 (see Note)
2.3_x86 104469-18 (see Note)
Note: Install patch if AdminSuite is installed. AdminSuite may be
installed on SunOS 5.7, 5.6, 5.5.1, 5.5, 5.4 or 5.3.
Sun acknowledges, with thanks, Stanford University and the CERT Coordination
Center for their assistance in this matter.
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