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UUCP package contains multiple buffer overflows via long string of characters sent as command line argument

Vulnerability Note VU#971179

Original Release Date: 2001-09-25 | Last Revised: 2001-10-31

Overview

Several Linux/Unix systems ship with a utility package called UUCP derived from System V. A buffer overflow in components of the UUCP package can allow an intruder to gain elevated privileges.

Description

Several Linux/Unix systems ship with a utility package called UUCP derived from System V. The UUCP package allows for the copying of files between different UNIX systems and the sending of commands for execution on a remote system. There is a buffer overflow in the components listed below that can allow a malicious user to gain elevated privileges.

uucp
uuxcmd
uux
uuxqt
bnuconvert
uucico
uustat

Impact

An intruder can gain elevated privileges.

Solution

Upgrade to the version of UUCP specified by your vendor.

Vendor Information

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SCO

Updated:  September 25, 2001

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

ftp://ftp.sco.com/pub/security/unixware/sr847405/sr847405.txt

Vendor Information

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

Addendum

Note that Caldera purchased SCO.

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Apple

Updated:  September 26, 2001

Status

  Not Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

Mac OS X is not vulnerable to the UUCP problems described in this advisory.

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.

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Cray

Updated:  October 15, 2001

Status

  Not Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

Cray, Inc. is not vulnerable because uucp is not fully implemented under UNICOS and UNICOS/mk. For more details see Cray SPR 721112.

Vendor Information

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

Addendum

SPR's are available to Cray customers only.

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Fujitsu

Updated:  October 31, 2001

Status

  Not 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

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

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IBM

Updated:  September 26, 2001

Status

  Not Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

IBM's AIX operating system is not vulnerable to this exploit in uucp.

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.

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CVSS Metrics

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Environmental N/A

References

Credit

This vulnerability was originally reported in a Caldera-SCO security advisory

This document was written by Jason Rafail.

Other Information

CVE IDs: None
Severity Metric: 8.91
Date Public: 2001-06-27
Date First Published: 2001-09-25
Date Last Updated: 2001-10-31 14:39 UTC
Document Revision: 20

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