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Hewlett-Packard Company MPE/iX FTPSRVR does not properly validate certain commands

Vulnerability Note VU#551683

Original Release Date: 2003-08-19 | Last Revised: 2003-08-19


A vulnerability in the FTP server included with the MPE/iX operating system may allow a remote attacker to gain unauthorized access.


MPE/iX is an operating system produced by Hewlett-Packard Company. The FTP server included with MPE/iX (FTPSRVR) contains a vulnerability which may allow a remote attacker to gain unauthorized access to the system.


A remote attacker may be able to gain unauthorized access to a vulnerable system.


Apply a patch as described in Hewlett Packard Security Bulletin HPSBMP0204-014.

Vendor Information


Hewlett-Packard Company Affected

Updated:  May 01, 2002



Vendor Statement

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Digest Name: daily MPE/iX security bulletins digest
Created: Wed May 1 3:00:03 PDT 2002

Table of Contents:

Document ID Title
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HPSBMP0204-014 Sec. Vulnerability in MPE/iX FTPSRVR

The documents are listed below.

Document ID: HPSBMP0204-014
Date Loaded: 20020430
Title: Sec. Vulnerability in MPE/iX FTPSRVR


Originally issued: 30 April 2002

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: FTPSRVR does not properly validate commands.

PLATFORM: HP3000 servers running MPE/iX 6.0, 6.5 and 7.0.

DAMAGE: Unauthorized access.

SOLUTION: Install the patch appropriate to your release:

6.0 FTPGD91A
6.5 FTPGD92A
7.0 FTPGD93A


AVAILABILITY: Patches are available now.

A. Background
The FTP Server FTPSRVR does not properly validate certain
commands, which may lead to unauthorized access.

B. Fixing the problem
Obtain and install patches from These were built
to protect against this occurrence in the following releases of

6.0 FTPGD91A
6.5 FTPGD92A
7.0 FTPGD93A

C. To subscribe to automatically receive future NEW HP Security
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and/or distribution is performed for non-commercial purposes.

Any other use of this information is prohibited. HP is not
liable for any misuse of this information by any third party.
-----End of Document ID: HPSBMP0204-014--------------------------------------

Vendor Information

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


The CERT/CC has no additional comments at this time.

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Thanks to Hewlett-Packard Company for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Ian A. Finlay.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2002-0610
Severity Metric: 28.35
Date Public: 2002-05-01
Date First Published: 2003-08-19
Date Last Updated: 2003-08-19 14:47 UTC
Document Revision: 6

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