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OpenView Network Node Manager contains vulnerability allowing for privilege escalation

Vulnerability Note VU#782155

Original Release Date: 2001-10-11 | Last Revised: 2003-04-14


The HP Network Node Manager contains a vulnerability that may allow an attacker to gain elevated privileges.


The Network Node Manager is a networked systems software management package distributed by Hewlett-Packard. A vulnerability in this software package may allow an attacker to gain elevated privleges on the host running the Node Manager software. For more details, please see the HP Security Bulletin.


An attacker may be able to gain elevated privileges on the host running Network Node Manager.


Obtain patches from your vendor.

Vendor Information


Hewlett-Packard Company Affected

Updated:  October 11, 2001



Vendor Statement

Originally issued: 01 October '01
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: It is possible to gain unauthorized privileges using an
application in OpenView Network Node Manager

PLATFORM: HP9000 Servers running HP-UX releases 10.20, 11.00, and
11.11; plus Sun Microsystems SOLARIS releases 2.X

DAMAGE: A malicious user may obtain unauthorized privileges under
certain conditions.

SOLUTION: Apply one of the following patches:
HP-UX 11.00/11.11 HP-UX 10.20 SOLARIS 2.X
NNM6.2 PHSS_24843 PHSS_24842 PSOV_02993
NNM6.1 PHSS_24798 PHSS_24797 PSOV_02988
NNM5.01 PHSS_24946 PSOV_02997


AVAILABILITY: These patches are Special Release patches and are
available only from:
They are not available from the ITRC.

A. Background
Hewlett-Packard Company has been notified of a vulnerability
in its OpenView Network Node Manager. It is possible to gain
unauthorized privileges.

B. Fixing the problem

Apply one of these patches:
HP-UX 11.00/11.11 HP-UX 10.20 SOLARIS 2.X
NNM6.2 PHSS_24843 PHSS_24842 PSOV_02993
NNM6.1 PHSS_24798 PHSS_24797 PSOV_02988
NNM5.01 PHSS_24946 PSOV_02997
or a superseding patch.

Searching for one
of the patch numbers above will direct you to the latest
superseding patch.

C. To subscribe to automatically receive future NEW HP Security
Bulletins from the HP IT Resource Center via electronic
mail, do the following:

Use your browser to get to the HP IT Resource Center page

Use the 'Login' tab at the left side of the screen to login
using your ID and password. Use your existing login or the
"Register" button at the left to create a login, in order to
gain access to many areas of the ITRC. Remember to save the
User ID assigned to you, and your password.

In the left most frame select "Maintenance and Support".

Under the "Notifications" section (near the bottom of
the page), select "Support Information Digests".

To -subscribe- to future HP Security Bulletins or other
Technical Digests, click the check box (in the left column)
for the appropriate digest and then click the "Update
Subscriptions" button at the bottom of the page.


To -review- bulletins already released, select the link
(in the middle column) for the appropriate digest.

To -gain access- to the Security Patch Matrix, select
the link for "The Security Bulletins Archive". (near the
bottom of the page) Once in the archive the third link is
to the current Security Patch Matrix. Updated daily, this
matrix categorizes security patches by platform/OS release,
and by bulletin topic. Security Patch Check completely
automates the process of reviewing the patch matrix for
11.XX systems.

For information on the Security Patch Check tool, see:"

The security patch matrix is also available via anonymous

On the "Support Information Digest Main" page:
click on the "HP Security Bulletin Archive".

D. To report new security vulnerabilities, send email to

Please encrypt any exploit information using the
security-alert PGP key, available from your local key
server, or by sending a message with a -subject- (not body)
of 'get key' (no quotes) to

Permission is granted for copying and circulating this
Bulletin to Hewlett-Packard (HP) customers (or the Internet
community) for the purpose of alerting them to problems,
if and only if, the Bulletin is not edited or changed in
any way, is attributed to HP, and provided such reproduction
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.

Vendor Information

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

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This document was written by Ian A. Finlay.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2001-1123
Severity Metric: 10.80
Date Public: 2001-10-01
Date First Published: 2001-10-11
Date Last Updated: 2003-04-14 17:56 UTC
Document Revision: 20

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