Notified: January 27, 2003 Updated: September 15, 2003
Software Security Response Team
HP released security bulletins for this issue on 03 March 2003
and recently updated 11 March 2003 for Internet Express and
View at www.hp.com and in the search window type SSRT3469
For HP-UX use your normal ITRC access and select Security
This problem affects supported versions of HP-UX,
HP Tru64 UNIX/TruCluster Server,
HP AlphaServer SC (Sierra Cluster) V2.5,
HP Internet Express,
HP AltaVista Firewall (AVFW98 / Raptor EC).
NOTE: This problem does not impact
HP NonStop Servers nor HP OpenVMS.
The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.
The following is an archived copy of the Hewlett-Packard Security Bulletin regarding this vulnerability:
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Source: HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY
SECURITY BULLETIN: HPSBUX0302-246
Originally issued: 03 March 2003
Last revised: 18 August 2003
SSRT3469 Potential Security Vulnerability in sendmail (rev.5)
NOTICE: There are no restrictions for distribution of this
Bulletin provided that it remains complete and intact.
The information in the following Security Bulletin should be
acted upon as soon as possible. Hewlett-Packard Company 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: Potential security vulnerability in sendmail
IMPACT: Potential unauthorized Privileged Access,
Potential Denial of Service (DoS).
PLATFORM: HP 9000 Series 700/800 Servers running HP-UX B.10.10,
B.10.20, B.11.00, B.11.04(VVOS), B.11.11, and B.11.22.
SOLUTION: B.10.10 - write to firstname.lastname@example.org for information
--> B.10.20 - install PHNE_28760
--> B.11.00 (sendmail-8.9.3) - install PHNE_28809
--> B.11.00 (sendmail-8.11.1) - install web upgrade
--> B.11.04 - install PHNE_29526
--> B.11.11 (sendmail-8.9.3) - install PHNE_28810
--> B.11.11 (sendmail-8.11.1) - install web upgrade
--> B.11.22 - install PHNE_28409
MANUAL ACTIONS: Yes - NonUpdate
write to email@example.com for information
AVAILABILITY: Fixes are available for B.10.10, B.10.20, B.11.00,
B.11.04(VVOS), B.11.11, and B.11.22.
CHANGE SUMMARY: Rev.01 - Added information on upgrading from
8.8.6 to 8.9.3 or 8.11.1.
Added information on warning messages.
Added CERT and CVE reference numbers.
Rev.02 - Corrected typo.
Added 11.04(VVOS) information.
Added 8.7.x to list of affected versions.
Rev.03 - Added HPSecurityBul246.depot information.
Replaced sendmail.811.11.11 file
Renamed sendmail.886.10.01 to
Clarified installation instructions.
Rev.04 - Added note about HPSBUX0304-253.
The files are in the SB246 subdirectory
on the ftp site.
Rev.05 - patches and web upgrades available.
A potential security vulnerability with sendmail has been
reported in HP-UX. This potential vulnerability may result
in unauthorized Privileged Access or a Denial of Service
(DoS). This potential vulnerability may be exploited
This is the vulnerability reported in CERT/CC CA-2003-07.
CERT/CC is tracking this issue as VU#398025 This reference
number corresponds to CVE candidate CAN-2002-1337.
This problem also affects HP Tru64 UNIX/Trucluster Server.
NOTE: This problem does not impact HP NonStop Servers nor
The HP Tru64 bulletin will be posted to the customer
support website within 24 hours of release to -
Use the SEARCH IN feature box, enter SSRT in the
search window or use a specific SSRT #
HP ProLiant Servers
If running Open Source Sendmail, refer to the following
Sendmail Consortium URL for patch details or upgrades:
As more information becomes available HP
will provide notice of the availability of any
necessary patches through standard security
bulletin announcements and be available from your
normal HP Services support channel.
HP NonStop Servers
The following is a list by HP-UX revision of
affected filesets and the fileset revision or
patch containing the fix. To determine if a
system has an affected version, search the
output of "swlist -a revision -l fileset"
for an affected fileset, then determine if
a fixed revision or the applicable patch is
fix: PHNE_28409 or subsequent
--> fix: B.11.11.01.005 or subsequent
--> (web upgrade to Sendmail 8.11.1 Version 5
--> or subsequent)
fix: PHNE_28810 or subsequent
--> fix: PHNE_29526 or subsequent
--> fix: B.11.00.01.004 or subsequent
--> (web upgrade to Sendmail 8.11.1 Version 4
--> or subsequent)
fix: PHNE_28809 or subsequent
fix: PHNE_28760 or subsequent
--> fix: write to firstname.lastname@example.org for information
END AFFECTED VERSIONS
B. Recommended solution
Modify /etc/mail/sendmail.cf as follows:
Add "restrictqrun" to the PrivacyOptions.
After the change the line should read:
Then install the patch or upgrade.
Determine the sendmail version:
Login in as root:
sendmail -d0.1 < /dev/null | grep -i version
The display will show Version #.#.#
Install the fix for that version as described below.
HP-UX B.11.22 sendmail 8.11.1
PHNE_28409 is now available.
HP-UX B.11.00 and B.11.11 sendmail 8.11.1
--> A web upgrade is available from software.hp.com:
HP-UX B.11.11 sendmail 8.9.3
PHNE_28810 is now available.
-->HP-UX B.11.04 sendmail 8.9.3
--> PHNE_29526 is now available.
HP-UX B.11.00 sendmail 8.9.3
PHNE_28809 is now available.
HP-UX B.10.20 sendmail 8.9.3
PHNE_28760 is now available.
-->For B.10.10 write to email@example.com for information.
Note: If you receive either of the following messages after
applying the fix, please follow the recommended action.
warning: /etc/mail/aliases has world read or
write permission. This is unsafe.
warning: /etc/mail/aliases.db has world read or
write permission. This is unsafe.
Execute the following commands.
chmod 640 /etc/mail/aliases
chmod 640 /etc/mail/aliases.db
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HP Security Response Team (Security Bulletin signing only)
6002 6019 BFC1 BC62 F079 862E E01F 3AFC 2D2A 7D59
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