Notified: August 14, 2001 Updated: November 14, 2001
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Sun Microsystems, Inc. Security Bulletin
Bulletin Number: #00212
Date: November 13, 2001
Cross-Ref: CERT Advisory CA-2001-27
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1. Bulletins Topics
Sun announces the release of patches for Solaris(tm) 8, 7, 2.6,
2.5.1, and 2.5 (SunOS(tm) 5.8, 5.7, 5.6, 5.5.1, and 5.5) which
relate to a format string vulnerability in rpc.ttdbserverd.
Sun recommends that you install the patches listed in section 4
immediately on systems running the CDE ToolTalk database server,
rpc.ttdbserverd, on SunOS 5.8, 5.7, 5.6, 5.5.1 and 5.5.
2. Who is Affected
Vulnerable: SunOS 5.8, 5.8_x86, 5.7, 5.7_x86, 5.6,
5.6_x86, 5.5.1, 5.5.1_x86, 5.5 and
3. Understanding the Vulnerability
The RPC-based ToolTalk database server, rpc.ttdbserverd, manages
communication between ToolTalk applications. A format string
vulnerability has been discovered in rpc.ttdbserverd which may be
exploited by a local or a remote attacker to gain root access on the
affected system. Any system that does not run the ToolTalk RPC
database service is not vulnerable to this problem. This issue was
discovered by ISS X-Force who published an advisory at:
CERT Advisory CA-2001-27 is available from:
4. List of Patches
The following patches are available in relation to the above issue.
OS Version Patch ID
SunOS 5.8 110286-04
SunOS 5.8_x86 110287-04
SunOS 5.7 107893-15
SunOS 5.7_x86 107894-14
SunOS 5.6 105802-16
SunOS 5.6_x86 105803-18
SunOS 5.5.1 104489-14
SunOS 5.5.1_x86 105496-12
SunOS 5.5 104428-12
SunOS 5.5_x86 105495-10
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