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       ESB-2001.078 -- HP Support Information Digests HPSBMP0102-009
                  Sec. Vulnerability in MPE/ix linkeditor
                             23 February 2001


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:                linkeditor
Vendor:                 Hewlett-Packard
Operating System:       MPE/iX 5.5 and newer
Platform:               HP3000
Impact:                 Increased Privileges
                        Reduced Security
Access Required:        Existing Account

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Document ID:  HPSBMP0102-009
Date Loaded:  20010220
      Title:  Sec. Vulnerability in MPE/ix linkeditor

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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.
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PROBLEM:  Normal users of linkeditor can gain certain capabilities
          that are allowed for system manager.

PLATFORM: HP3000 running MPE/iX release 5.5 and newer.

DAMAGE:   Users can obtain unauthorized privileges and can compromise
          system integrity.

SOLUTION: Apply the patch noted below.
          For MPE/iX 6.5 release, install LNKLXG1A,
              MPE/iX 6.0 release, install LNKLXG1B,
              MPE/iX 5.5 release, install LNKLXG1C.

AVAILABILITY: The patches are available now.
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   A. Background
      Hewlett-Packard Company has learned of a procedure by which
      a user can gain additional capabilities using linkeditor.

   B. Recommended solution
      Apply the appropriate patches to correct the problem:

      For MPE/iX 6.5 release, install LNKLXG1A
          MPE/iX 6.0 release, install LNKLXG1B,
          MPE/iX 5.5 release, install LNKLXG1C.

      NOTE: Hewlett-Packard Company will not produce any patches for
            releases MPE/iX 4.5 and MPE/iX 5.0.

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