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Hewlett Packard OpenView and Tivoli NetView do not adequately validate SNMP trap arguments

Vulnerability Note VU#952171

Original Release Date: 2001-06-21 | Last Revised: 2001-09-06

Overview

Hewlett Packard's (HP) OpenView and Tivoli NetView are system management software packages. There is a vulnerability a component of these packages, ovactiond, that allows intruders to execute arbitrary commands as user bin. This may subsequently lead to a root compromise.

Description

HP OpenView and Tivoli NetView are set of tools to manage large networks. Part of OpenView and NetView is a daemon called ovactiond, which is the SNMP trap and event handler. It is possible for an intruder to execute arbitrary commands by sending a malicious message to a vulnerable version of ovactiond. These commands run with the privileges of the ovactiond process, typically bin on Unix systems, and SYSTEM on Windows NT/2000. Often it is possible to use this access to gain root access on Unix systems. An exploit is publicly available. Note that Tivoli NetView is not vulnerable via the default configuration, however, it is likely that customized configurations are vulnerable HP is vulnerable by the default configuration.

For more information, see HP Security Bulletin HPSBUX0106-154 and http://www.tivoli.com/support/.

It has been confirmed with HP that the patch referenced on Security Focus for OpenView Version 5.01 is only for Version 6.1.

Impact

An intruder can execute arbitrary commands with the privileges of the ovactiond process, typically bin on Unix systems, and SYSTEM on Window NT/2000 systems.

Solution

Apply patches from your vendor as appropriate. HP has released HP Security Bulletin HPSBUX0106-154. Tivoli has information posted on http://www.tivoli.com/support/.

Vendor Information

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Compaq Computer Corporation

Notified:  June 21, 2001 Updated:  August 15, 2001

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

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

Addendum

Tivoli NetView runs on Compaq Tru64 Unix. Obtain patches for this version from Tivoli

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

Hewlett Packard

Notified:  June 15, 2001 Updated:  August 24, 2001

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

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Table of Contents:

Document ID Title
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HPSBUX0106-154 Sec. Vulnerability in OpenView NNM (rev.1)

The documents are listed below.
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Document ID: HPSBUX0106-154
Date Loaded: 20010823
Title: Sec. Vulnerability in OpenView NNM (rev.1)

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**REVISED01**HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY SECURITY BULLETIN: #0154,
Originally issued: 20 June '01 LAST REVISED: 21 August '01
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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.

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PROBLEM: It is possible to gain unauthorized privileges
in OpenView Network Node Manager.

PLATFORM: HP9000 Servers running HP-UX releases 10.20 and
11.00 (only).
Sun Microsystems SOLARIS releases 2.X
Microsoft Windows NT4.X / Windows 2000
running NNM 6.1

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

SOLUTION: Apply one of these patches:
HP-UX 11.00 HP-UX 10.20 SOLARIS 2.X WinNT4.X/2000
PHSS_23780 PHSS_23779 PSOV_02905 NNM_00698
**REV 01**
------>> Note: NNM 6.2 is not vulnerable.

AVAILABILITY: These four patches are Special Release patches are
available only from
http://ovweb.external.hp.com/cpe/patches/
They are not available from the ITRC.

CHANGE SUMMARY: Clarification in Section B below and the SOLUTION
section above.
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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 HP-UX 10.20 SOLARIS 2.X WinNT4.X/2000
PHSS_23780 PHSS_23779 PSOV_02905 NNM_00698

or a superseding patch.
Searching http://ovweb.external.hp.com/cpe/patches/ for one
of the patch numbers above will direct you to the latest
superseding patch.

**REV 01**
------>> Although versions of NNM prior to NNM 6.1 are not
------>> vulnerable in their default configuration, it is possible
------>> to modify the default configuration so as to make those
------>> versions vulnerable. Therefore, we recommend that all
------>> customers update to NNM 6.2 or install the appropriate
------>> patches for NNM 6.1.
------>>
------>> The patches listed above have been superseeded. If you
------>> have NNM 6.1 and have installed one of the patches listed
------>> above, no further action is required. The patches listed
------>> above are no longer available. These are the latest patches
------>> that solve the security problem in NNM 6.1:
------>>
------>> HP-UX 11.00 HP-UX 10.20 SOLARIS 2.X WinNT4.X/2000
------>> PHSS_24443 PHSS_24442 PSOV_02956 NNM_00743
------>>
------>> Note: one way to determine whether NNM is installed on
------>> your system is to run the following command:
------>>
------>> swlist | grep "Network Node Manager"

C. To subscribe to automatically receive future NEW HP Security
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In the left most frame select "Maintenance and Support".

Under the "Notifications" section (near the bottom of
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To -subscribe- to future HP Security Bulletins or other
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For information on the Security Patch Check tool, see:
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The security patch matrix is also available via anonymous ftp:

ftp.itrc.hp.com:~ftp/export/patches/hp-ux_patch_matrix

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


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security-alert@hp.com

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message with a -subject- (not body) of 'get key' (no quotes) to
security-alert@hp.com.

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to Hewlett-Packard (HP) customers (or the Internet community)
for the purpose of alerting them to problems, if and only if,
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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: HPSBUX0106-154--------------------------------------

Vendor Information

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

Addendum

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

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

IBM

Notified:  June 21, 2001 Updated:  August 15, 2001

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

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

Addendum

Tivoli NetView runs on IBM AIX. Obtain patches for this version from Tivoli.

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

Microsoft

Notified:  June 15, 2001 Updated:  August 15, 2001

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

NNM is a third-party application as far as our platform is concerned. We don't have any special relationship with it. HP would need to provide the patches.

Vendor Information

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

Addendum

HP OpenView and Tivoli NetView run on Microsoft Windows. Obtain patches for this version from HP and Tivoli.

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

Sun

Notified:  June 15, 2001 Updated:  August 15, 2001

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

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

Addendum

HP OpenView and Tivoli NetView run on Solaris. Obtain patches for this version from HP and Tivoli.

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

Tivoli

Notified:  June 27, 2001 Updated:  August 15, 2001

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

Tivoli acknowledges that certain user customizations to Tivoli NetView may lead to a potential security exposure. Please reference http://www.tivoli.com/support/ for further information and to obtain an e-fix which addresses the issue.

Vendor Information

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

Addendum

We have discussed this problem with Tivoli, and they report to us that they are vulnerable.

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

Apple

Notified:  June 21, 2001 Updated:  August 15, 2001

Status

  Not Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server do not have this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

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

Addendum

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

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

Computer Associates

Notified:  August 07, 2001 Updated:  August 15, 2001

Status

  Not Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

Computer Associates has completed a review of all Unicenter functions and processing related to SNMP traps as indicated by the advisory. Unicenter is not subject to the same vulnerabilities as demonstrated by the SNMP trap managers identified by CERT (i.e., OpenView and NetView). CA Unicenter does not formulate commands determined through trap data parsing. Unicenter implements this technology using different methods and thereby avoids this exposure. Computer Associates maintains strong relationships with these vendors and recommends that clients running any environments containing either of these products visit the website URLs specifically identified by the CERT Coordination Center.

Vendor Information

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

Addendum

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

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

FreeBSD

Notified:  June 21, 2001 Updated:  August 15, 2001

Status

  Not Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

FreeBSD does not use this code.

Vendor Information

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

Addendum

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

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

Fujitsu

Notified:  June 21, 2001 Updated:  August 15, 2001

Status

  Not Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

Regarding VU#952171, Fujitsu's UXP/V operating system is not affected because there's no implementation of any OpenView Technology in UXP/V.

Vendor Information

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

Addendum

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

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

BSDI

Notified:  June 21, 2001 Updated:  August 15, 2001

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

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

Addendum

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

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

Caldera

Notified:  June 21, 2001 Updated:  August 15, 2001

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

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

Addendum

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

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

Debian

Notified:  June 21, 2001 Updated:  August 15, 2001

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

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

Addendum

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

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

Dg

Notified:  June 21, 2001 Updated:  August 15, 2001

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

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

Addendum

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

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

NEC

Notified:  June 21, 2001 Updated:  August 15, 2001

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

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

Addendum

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

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

NeXT

Notified:  June 21, 2001 Updated:  August 15, 2001

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

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

Addendum

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

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

NetBSD

Notified:  June 21, 2001 Updated:  August 15, 2001

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

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

Addendum

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

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

OpenBSD

Notified:  June 21, 2001 Updated:  August 15, 2001

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

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

Addendum

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

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

RedHat

Notified:  June 21, 2001 Updated:  August 15, 2001

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

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

Addendum

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

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

SCO

Notified:  June 21, 2001 Updated:  August 15, 2001

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

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

Addendum

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

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

SGI

Notified:  June 21, 2001 Updated:  August 15, 2001

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

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

Addendum

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

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

Sequent

Notified:  June 21, 2001 Updated:  August 15, 2001

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

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

Addendum

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

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

Siemens Nixdorf

Notified:  June 21, 2001 Updated:  August 15, 2001

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

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

Addendum

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

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

Sony

Notified:  June 21, 2001 Updated:  August 15, 2001

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

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

Addendum

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

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

Unisys

Notified:  June 21, 2001 Updated:  August 15, 2001

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

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

Addendum

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

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


CVSS Metrics

Group Score Vector
Base N/A N/A
Temporal N/A N/A
Environmental N/A

References

Credit

Our thanks to Milo G. van der Zee, who reported this problem to us and to Hewlett-Packard for the information contained in their advisory.

This document was written by Jason Rafail.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2001-0552
CERT Advisory: CA-2001-24
Severity Metric: 44.89
Date Public: 2001-06-08
Date First Published: 2001-06-21
Date Last Updated: 2001-09-06 15:57 UTC
Document Revision: 18

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