Hewlett-Packard Company Affected

Updated:  April 25, 2002



Vendor Statement

HP Support Information Digests o Security Bulletin Digest Split The security bulletins digest has been split into multiple digests based on the operating system (HP-UX, MPE/iX, and HP Secure OS Software for Linux). You will continue to receive all security bulletin digests unless you choose to update your subscriptions. To update your subscriptions, use your browser to access the IT Resource Center on the World Wide Web at: http://www.itresourcecenter.hp.com/ Under the Maintenance and Support Menu, click on the "more..." link. Then use the 'login' link at the left side of the screen to login using your IT Resource Center User ID and Password. Under the notifications section (near the bottom of the page), select Support Information Digests. To subscribe or unsubscribe to a specific security bulletin digest, select or unselect the checkbox beside it. Then click the "Update Subscriptions" button at the bottom of the page. o IT Resource Center World Wide Web Service If you subscribed through the IT Resource Center and would like to be REMOVED from this mailing list, access the IT Resource Center on the World Wide Web at: http://www.itresourcecenter.hp.com/ Login using your IT Resource Center User ID and Password. Then select Support Information Digests (located under Maintenance and Support). You may then unsubscribe from the appropriate digest. Digest Name: daily HP-UX security bulletins digest Created: Wed Apr 24 3:00:03 PDT 2002 Table of Contents: Document ID Title HPSBUX0204-191 Sec. Vulnerability in passwd(1) The documents are listed below. Document ID: HPSBUX0204-191 Date Loaded: 20020423 Title: Sec. Vulnerability in passwd(1) TEXT HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY SECURITY BULLETIN: #0191, Originally issued: 23 April 2002 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: password file corruption using passwd(1) PLATFORM: HP 9000 Servers running HP-UX releases 11.00 and 11.11 only. DAMAGE: Possible denial-of-service, corruption. SOLUTION: Apply the appropriate patches for HP-UX releases: PHCO_25527 11.00 PHCO_26904 11.04 (VVOS) PHCO_24839 11.11 MANUAL ACTIONS: none AVAILABILITY: Patches are available now. A. Background Hewlett-Packard Company has learned of a defect in use of the passwd(1) command on HP-UX 11.00 and 11.11. B. Fixing the problem The recommended solution is to install the patch as detailed below. PHCO_25527 11.00 PHCO_26904 11.04 (VVOS) PHCO_24839 11.11 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 at: http://itrc.hp.com Use the 'Login' tab at the left side of the screen to login using your ID and password. Use your existing login or the "Register" button at the left to create a login, in order to gain access to many areas of the ITRC. Remember to save the User ID assigned to you, and your password. In the left most frame select "Maintenance and Support". 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. or 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 "The Security Bulletins Archive". (near the bottom of the page) Once in the archive the third link is to the current Security Patch Matrix. Updated daily, this matrix categorizes security patches by platform/OS release, and by bulletin topic. Security Patch Check completely automates the process of reviewing the patch matrix for 11.XX systems. For information on the Security Patch Check tool, see: http://www.software.hp.com/cgi-bin/swdepot_parser.cgi/cgi/ displayProductInfo.pl?productNumber=B6834AA" 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". D. To report new security vulnerabilities, send email to security-alert@hp.com 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 security-alert@hp.com. 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: HPSBUX0204-191--------------------------------------

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