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Apache Portable Runtime contains heap buffer overflow in apr_psprintf()



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**REVISED 01**
Originally issued: 16 July 2003
Last Revised: 03 Sept. 2003
SSRT3587 Security Vulnerabilities in Apache HTTP Server (rev.1)


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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.

PROBLEM: 1. Apache 2.0.40 through 2.0.45 do not properly handle

threads correctly, potentially allowing a remote
denial of service.

More details are available at:

2. A defect in Apache 2.0.37 through 2.0.45 potentially
allows a remote denial of service.

More details are available at:

IMPACT: Potential remote Denial of Service

PLATFORM: HP-UX releases B.11.00, B.11.11 and B.11.22 with
versions of the following products are affected:

- HPApache/B9416AA and HPApache/B9416BA (all versions)

- hp-ux apache-based web server, (product hpuxwsAPACHE or
hpuxwsApache) v. or earlier
This product includes Apache 2.0.45.

- hp apache-based web server, or earlier
(HPApache/B9416AA, HPApache/B9416BA)
This product includes Apache 2.0.43.

- hp-ux apache-based web server, v. or earlier
This product includes Apache 2.0.45.

The affected filesets are: (product.fileset)
HPApache.APACHE2   HP Apache 2.0.39
hpuxwsAPACHE.APACHE2   A.    2.0.45 base (IPF Binaries)

SOLUTION: For HP-UX releases B.11.00, B.11.11 and B.11.22:
1. Remove HPApache/B9416AA and HPApache/B9416BA if they

are installed.

2. Download and install:
hp-ux apache-based web server, v. or later
(product hpuxwsAPACHE or bundle hpuxwsApache)

NOTE: The product install location and structure has changed
between HPApache/B9416*A and hpuxwsAPACHE/hpuxwsApache.

This product includes Apache 2.0.46 and is available


**REVISED 01**

--->> NOTE: The IPv6 solution is now available.  Please refer to
--->> documentation and depot's available from software.hp.com
--->> Click on "internet ready and networking"
--->> and look for "hp-ux apache-based web server
--->> v. for ipv6 powered by apache, tomcat, webmin.

Install the product containing the fix.
For customers with HPApache/B9416AA or
HPApache/B9416BA installed, the fix requires
migration to hpuxwsAPACHE/hpuxwsApache and
removing the affected products from the system.

AVAILABILITY: Complete product bundles are available now on

**REVISED 01**
CHANGE SUMMARY:  Rev. 01 Added IPv6 information

A. Background

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project
<http://cve.mitre.org/> has identified potential vulnerabilities

in the Apache HTTP Server (CAN-2003-0189, CAN-2003-0245). These
affect the following HP products on HP-UX releases B.11.00,
B.11.11 and B.11.22:

- HPApache/B9416AA and HPApache/B9416BA (all versions)

- hp-ux apache-based web server products hpuxwsAPACHE and
hpuxwsApache, v. or earlier.

Note: The following are not vulnerable:
HP NonStop Servers
HP Tru64 OpenVMS

**REVISED 01**
B. Recommended solution

The Apache Software Foundation has released Apache 2.0.46 as
the best known version fixing the potential vulnerabilities
mentioned above.

HP has incorporated Apache 2.0.46 in the following product:

- hp-ux apache-based web server v. or later,
available from:


**REVISED 01**

--->> NOTE: The IPv6 solution is now available.  Please refer to
--->> documentation and depot's available from software.hp.com
--->> Click on "internet ready and networking"
--->> and look for "hp-ux apache-based web server
--->> v. for ipv6 powered by apache, tomcat, webmin.

Check for Apache Installation
To determine if the Apache web server from HP is installed on
your system, use Software Distributor's swlist command.  More
than one version may be present on a single system.

For example, the results of the command
swlist -l product | grep -i apache

HPApache  HP Apache-based Web Server
hpuxwsAPACHE  A.   HP-UX Apache-based Web Server

Stop Apache
Before updating, make sure to stop any previous Apache binary.
Otherwise, the previous binary will continue running,
preventing the new one from starting, although the
installation would be successful.

After determining which Apache is installed, stop Apache with
the following commands:

for HPApache:        /opt/hpapache2/bin/apachectl stop
for hpuxwsAPACHE:    /opt/hpws/apache/bin/apachectl stop

Download and Install Apache
- Download Apache from Software Depot using the previously

mentioned links.
- Verify successful download by comparing the cksum with the

value specified on the installation web page.
- Use SD to swinstall the depot.
- For customers with HPApache/B9416AA or HPApache/B9416BA

installed, migrate to hpuxwsAPACHE/hpuxwsApache and
remove the affected products from the system.

Installation of this new version of HP Apache over an existing
HP Apache installation is supported, whereas installation over
a non-HP Apache is NOT supported.

Removing Apache Installation
If you prefer to remove Apache from your system rather than
install a newer version to resolve the security problem, use
both Software Distributor's "swremove" command and also
"rm -rf" the home location as specified in the rc.config.d
file "HOME" variables.

To find the files containing HOME variables in the
/etc/rc.config.d directory:

%ls /etc/rc.config.d | grep apache

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