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IRISconsole allows login to the "iceadmin" account with incorrect password

Vulnerability Note VU#498707

Original Release Date: 2003-08-18 | Last Revised: 2003-08-18


SGI IRIS console contains a vulnerability which may allow a local attacker to gain elevated privileges.


SGI describes IRISconsole as a "central control point that manages and monitors servers and logs their activity." A vulnerability in IRISconsole may allow a local attacker to login to the icadmin account. Doing so may allow the attacker to gain elevated privileges. For further technical information, please see SGI Security Advisory 20020406-01-P.


A local attacker may be able to elevate their privileges.


Apply a vendor patch.

Vendor Information


SGI Affected

Updated:  April 24, 2002



Vendor Statement



SGI Security Advisory

Title: IRISconsole icadmin password vulnerability
Number: 20020406-01-P
Date: April 24, 2002
Reference: CAN-2002-0171


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- --- Issue Specifics ---
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It's been reported that under certain conditions the IRISconsole 2.0 product
will allow login to the "icadmin" account with the wrong password.

This vulnerability could lead to a privileged compromise of the IRISconsole

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 patch 4038.

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- --- Impact ---
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The IRISconsole product is an optional product and is not installed by
default on IRIX systems.

In order to determine if IRISconsole is installed, execute the following

% versions -b | grep IRISconsole

If a line similar to that shown below is returned, then IRISconsole is

I IRISconsole 09/27/1999 IRISconsole Administration Software 2.0

This vulnerability was assigned the following CVE:

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- --- Temporary Workaround ---
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There is no effective workaround available for these problems.
SGI recommends installing patch 4038.

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- --- Solution ---
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Install patch 4038 available from and

This patch is for IRISconsole 2.0 and is not tied to a specific
IRIX operating system release.

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

The actual patch will be a tar file containing the following files:

Filename: README.patch.4038
Algorithm #1 (sum -r): 27613 34 README.patch.4038
Algorithm #2 (sum): 40443 34 README.patch.4038
MD5 checksum: C9D4829884AA5F4BD60AA366BF3B00FA

Filename: patchSG0004038
Algorithm #1 (sum -r): 24783 2 patchSG0004038
Algorithm #2 (sum): 45387 2 patchSG0004038
MD5 checksum: 37029900C0634CBE2BEDDEA86418C083

Filename: patchSG0004038.IRISconsole_sw
Algorithm #1 (sum -r): 13394 312 patchSG0004038.IRISconsole_sw
Algorithm #2 (sum): 7321 312 patchSG0004038.IRISconsole_sw
MD5 checksum: 742FBF3B52049AA5BC79E2D1DCF42CE3

Filename: patchSG0004038.idb
Algorithm #1 (sum -r): 44486 4 patchSG0004038.idb
Algorithm #2 (sum): 17160 4 patchSG0004038.idb
MD5 checksum: EB60B3E0287C11736242E418C2DA5DDE

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

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- --- Links ---
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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.

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

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
and may be redistributed provided that it is not altered in any
way, SGI is appropriately credited and the document retains and
includes its valid PGP signature.

Version: 2.6.2


Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.


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Thanks to SGI for publishing information about this vulnerability.

This document was written by Ian A. Finlay.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2002-0171
Severity Metric: 3.38
Date Public: 2002-04-24
Date First Published: 2003-08-18
Date Last Updated: 2003-08-18 18:21 UTC
Document Revision: 9

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