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Hewlett-Packard MPE/ix contains vulnerabitily via architected interface facility

Vulnerability Note VU#895496

Original Release Date: 2001-05-01 | Last Revised: 2001-06-26


A vulnerability in certain Hewlett-Packard systems allows users to gain unauthorized access to user accounts and databases using the architected interface facility.


HP3000 systems running MPE/iX release 5.5 and newer contain a vulnerability in the architected interface facility that allows users to gain unauthorized access to user accounts and databases. No further details are available. See HP document HPSBMP0103-011.


The complete impact of this vulnerability is not yet known.


Apply the patches described in the HP bulletin described above.

Vendor Information


Hewlett Packard Affected

Updated:  May 01, 2001



Vendor Statement


Digest Name:  daily security bulletins digest
   Created:  Mon Mar 12  3:00:03 PST 2001

Table of Contents:

Document ID      Title
---------------  -----------
HPSBMP0103-011   Sec. Vulnerability in MPE/ix's AIF

The documents are listed below.

Document ID:  HPSBMP0103-011
Date Loaded:  20010311
     Title:  Sec. Vulnerability in MPE/ix's AIF


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:  Security Vulnerability with architected interface facility.

PLATFORM: HP3000 running MPE/iX release 5.5 and newer.

DAMAGE:   Users can obtain unauthorized access to databases and can
         gain additional privileges, compromising system availability.

SOLUTION: Apply the applicable patch:

         For MPE/iX 6.5 release, install MPELXJ3C,
            MPE/iX 6.0 release, install MPELXJ3B,
            MPE/iX 5.5 release, install MPELXJ3A.

AVAILABILITY: The patches are available now.
  A. Background
     Hewlett-Packard Company has learned of a procedure by which
     a user can get unauthorized access to user accounts and
     databases using architected interface facility (AIF - AIFCHANGELOGON)
     either directly or indirectly.

   B. Recommended solution
     Apply the appropriate patches to correct the problem:

      For MPE/iX 6.5 release, install MPELXJ3C,
         MPE/iX 6.0 release, install MPELXJ3B,
         MPE/iX 5.5 release, install MPELXJ3A.

      NOTE: Hewlett-Packard Company will not produce any patches for
           releases MPE/iX 4.5 and MPE/iX 5.0.

   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

      Under the Maintenance and Support Menu (Electronic Support
     Center):  click on the "more..." link.  Then -

      Use the 'Login' tab at the left side of the screen to login
     using your ID and password.  Check with your system
     administrator to see if you have an existing login or use
     the "Register" button at the left to create a login.  You
     will need to login in order to gain access to many areas of
     the ITRC. Remember to save the User ID assigned to you, and
     your password.

      Under the Maintenance and Support Menu, click on the "more..."
     link.  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 "hp security bulletins archive" near the bottom.
     Once in the archive the top link is to our current Security
     Patch Matrix.  Updated daily, this matrix categorizes security
     patches by platform/OS release, and by bulletin topic.

      The security patch matrix is also available via anonymous ftp:

      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.
-----End of Document ID:  HPSBMP0103-011--------------------------------------

Vendor Information

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


Consult HP for the latest version of this document, if any.

If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this vulnerability, please send us email.

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This document was written by Shawn V. Hernan.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2001-0608
Date Public: 2001-03-12
Date First Published: 2001-05-01
Date Last Updated: 2001-06-26 02:23 UTC
Document Revision: 4

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