AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution

            ESB-97.024 -- Hewlett Packard Advisory on ftpd/kftpd
                              19 February 1997


Hewlett-Packard have released the following security bulletin giving patch
information for a vulnerability in ftpd/kftpd under HP-UX 9.x and 10.x.
This bulletin addresses the vulnerability previously described in the
AUSCERT Advisory AA-97.03 ftpd Signal Handling Vulnerability.

If you believe that your system has been compromised, contact AUSCERT or
your representative in FIRST (Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams).

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Document ID:  HPSBUX9702-055
Date Loaded:  970219
      Title:  Security Vulnerability in the ftpd/kftpd executable

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The information in the following Security Advisory should be acted upon
as soon as possible.  Hewlett Packard will not be liable for any
consequences to any customer resulting from customer's failure to fully
implement instructions in this Security Advisory as soon as possible.

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PROBLEM:  Security Vulnerability in ftpd/kftpd

PLATFORM: HP 9000 Series 700/800s running HP-UX releases 9.X & 10.X

DAMAGE:   Vulnerability may allow regular and anonymous ftp users to
          access files with root privileges

SOLUTION: Apply patch:
          PHNE_10008 for all platforms with HP-UX releases 9.X
          PHNE_10009 for all platforms with HP-UX releases 10.0X/10.10
          PHNE_10010 for all platforms with HP-UX releases 10.20
          PHNE_10011 for all platforms with HP-UX releases 10.20 (kftpd)

AVAILABILITY: All patches are available now.
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   A. Background
      A vulnerability in the ftpd and kftpd executable has been

   B. Fixing the problem
      The vulnerability can be eliminated from HP-UX releases 9.X and
      10.X by applying the appropriate patch.

   C. Recommended solution
      1. Determine which patch is appropriate for your operating

      2. Hewlett-Packard's HP-UX patches are available via email
         and the World Wide Web

         To obtain a copy of the Hewlett-Packard SupportLine email
         service user's guide, send the following in the TEXT PORTION
         OF THE MESSAGE to support@us.external.hp.com (no Subject
         is required):
                              send guide

         The users guide explains the HP-UX patch downloading process
         via email and other services available.

         World Wide Web service for downloading of patches
         is available via our URL:

      3. Apply the patch to your HP-UX system.

      4. Examine /tmp/update.log (9.X), or /var/adm/sw/swinstall.log
         (10.X), for any relevant WARNING's or ERROR's.

   D. Impact of the patch
      The patches for HP-UX releases 9.X and 10.X provide enhancements
      to the ppl executable to avoid this vulnerability.

   E. To subscribe to automatically receive future NEW HP Security
      Bulletins from the HP SupportLine mail service via electronic
      mail, do the following:

      1)  From your Web browser, access the URL:

      http://us-support.external.hp.com (US,Canada,
      Asia-Pacific, and Latin-America)

      http://europe-support.external.hp.com  (Europe)

      2)  On the HP Electronic Support Center main screen,
      select the hyperlink "Support Information Digests".

      3)  On the "Welcome to HP's Support Information Digests"
      screen, under the heading "Register Now", select the
      appropriate hyperlink "Americas and Asia-Pacific", or "Europe".

      4)  On the "New User Registration" screen, fill in the fields
      for the User Information and Password and then select the
      button labeled "Submit New User".

      5)  On the "User ID Assigned" screen, select the hyperlink
      "Support Information Digests".

      6)  You should now be on the "HP Support Information Digests
      Main" screen.  You might want to verify that your email address
      is correct as displayed on the screen.  From this screen, you
      may also view/subscribe to the digests, including the security
      bulletins digest.

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