Compaq Computer Corporation Information for VU#172583

Common Desktop Environment (CDE) Subprocess Control Service dtspcd contains buffer overflow



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UPDATE: (SSRTM541)Tru64 UNIX CDE, NFS and NIS related Potential
        Security Vulnerabilities

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RELEASE DATE: 17 April, 2002 (SSRT-541)
LAST UPDATED: 22 May, 2002   (SSRTM541) New Patches


SOURCE:  Compaq Computer Corporation
        Compaq Services
        Software Security Response Team

REFERENCE:  [security bulletin posted 17 April, 2002]
           (SSRT-541) Tru64 UNIX CDE, NFS and NIS related Potential
           Security Vulnerabilities

A number of potential security vulnerabilities in Tru64 UNIX V4.0F,
V4.0G, V5.0A, V5.1 and V5.1A, have recently been reported for CDE,
libc, and NFS where, under certain circumstances, system integrity
may be compromised by a malicious user.

 o CDE (severity high)
  o dtaction potential buffer overflow (SSRT0752U)
  o ttsession potential buffer overflow (SSRT0753U)
  o dtprintinfo potential buffer overflow (SSRT0757U, SSRT0788U)
  o dtspcd potential buffer overflow. (SSRT0782U)
    NOTE: cross-reference : (CVE CVE-2001-0803,CERT CA-2001-31,
    Compaq has not been able to reproduce the problem identified
    in the CERT advisory for any Compaq OS. However with the
    information available, we are including a code change for
    dtspcd that will further reduce any potential buffer overflow
      o Buffer overflow attacks are commonly used to attempt to
        subvert the function of a privileged program and
        possibly execute commands at the elevated privileges if
        the program file has the setuid privilege.

 o Environment Variable LANG and LOCPATH (severity high)
  o libc (SSRT0771U)
      A libc environment variable corruption with LANG and
      LOCPATH , may cause a potential buffer overflow

 o NIS Network Information Service (severity moderate)
   o ypbind may core during nmap portscan (SSRT0781U)
      o Core: A file that is a copy of the contents of a
         processes memory, that can be produced when that
         process is aborted by certain kinds of internal error.

 o NFS Network File System (severity moderate)
   o NFS Potential packet flood denial of service (DoS) (SSRT1-26)
      NOTE: Applies to V4.0g PK3 (BL17) & V5.0a PK3 (BL17) only
      A remote user with malicious intent may cause a potential
      denial of service (DoS) with portmap server.

       o Network DoS attacks make computer systems inaccessible
        by flooding a service, server or network with useless


 TRU64 UNIX Versions Impacted

 V5.1A PK1 (BL1)
V5.1  PK4 (BL18)
V5.0A PK3 (BL17)
V4.0F PK7 (BL18)
V4.0G PK3 (BL17)


The potential vulnerabilities noted below have been corrected and
newly released patches are now available for TRU64 UNIX.

Compaq strongly recommends that systems be updated to at least the
prerequisite version of TRU64 UNIX and PK release, then install the
previously released security patches identified in the security
prior to installing the following ERP (Early Release Patch).

 UPDATE: 5/22/2002  Updated ERPs are now available for all supported
versions of Tru64 UNIX and will be available in the next aggregate
patch kits for each supported product version.  Until these Tru64
UNIX fixes are available in mainstream patch kits, Compaq recommends
use of the following ERP kits:

  NOTE:  Please review the README file(s) for each patch prior to

  The Early Release Patch kits use dupatch to install and will not
 install over any installed Customer-Specific-Patches (CSPs) which
 have file intersections with the ERPs.  Contact your normal support
 channel for assistance if the installation of the ERPs are blocked
 by any of your installed CSPs.

  Tru64 UNIX 5.1A
  PREREQUISITE:        Tru64 UNIX 5.1A with PK1 (BL1) installed
  ERP Kit Name:        T64V51AB1-C0011202-14166-ES-20020429.tar
  Kit Location:
 SUPERCEDES KIT: T64V51AB1-C0011201-13438-ES-20020228

  Tru64 UNIX 5.1
  PREREQUISITE:        Tru64 UNIX 5.1 with PK4 (BL18) installed
  ERP Kit Name:        T64V51B18-C0102003-14238-ES-20020507.tar
  Kit Location:
 SUPERCEDES KIT:    T64V51B18-C0102001-13428-ES-20020228

  Tru64 UNIX 5.0A
  PREREQUISITE:        Tru64 UNIX 5.0A with PK3 (BL17) installed
  ERP Kit Name:        T64V50AB17-C0018303-14330-ES-20020516.tar
  Kit Location:
 SUPERCEDES KIT:    T64V50AB17-C0018301-13396-ES-20020226

  Tru64 UNIX 4.0G
  PREREQUISITE:        Tru64 UNIX 4.0G with PK3 (BL17) installed
  ERP Kit Name:        T64V40GB17-C0010303-14314-ES-20020515.tar
  Kit Location:
 SUPERCEDES KIT:    T64V40GB17-C0010301-13400-ES-20020226

  Tru64 UNIX 4.0F
  PREREQUISITE:        Tru64 UNIX 4.0F with PK7 (BL18) installed
  ERP Kit Name:        DUV40FB18-C0067302-14158-ES-20020429.tar
  Kit Location:
 SUPERCEDES KIT:    DUV40FB18-C0067301-13427-ES-20020228

Additional Notes:

The fixes contained in the Early Release Patch (ERP) kits listed
above will be available in the following mainstream patch kit(s):

 Tru64 UNIX 5.1A  PK2
Tru64 UNIX 5.1   PK5
Tru64 UNIX 5.0A  PK4
Tru64 UNIX 4.0G  PK5
Tru64 UNIX 4.0F  PK8

MD5 and SHA1 checksums are available in the public patch notice for
the ERP kits. You may find information on how to verify MD5 and SHA1
checksums at

After completing the update, Compaq strongly recommends that you
perform an immediate backup of your system disk so that any
subsequent restore operations begin with updated software. Otherwise,
you must reapply the update after any future restore operation. Any
future upgrades or patch release installations to your system will
require the re-application of the appropriate ERP (identified above).

SUPPORT: For further information, contact Compaq Global Services.


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Compaq appreciates your cooperation and patience. As always,
Compaq urges you to periodically review your system management
and security procedures. Compaq will continue to review and
enhance the security features of its products and work with
our customers to maintain and improve the security and integrity
of their systems.

"Compaq is broadly distributing this Security Bulletin in order to
bring to the attention of users of the affected Compaq products the
important security information contained in this Bulletin.
Compaq recommends that all users determine the applicability of
this information to their individual situations and take appropriate
action.  Compaq does not warrant that this information is necessarily
accurate or complete for all user situations and, consequently,
Compaq will not be responsible for any damages resulting from
user's use or disregard of the information provided in this

Copyright 2002 Compaq Information Technologies Group, L.P.
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