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17 December 2001

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             AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution

               ESB-2001.542 -- Sun Security Bulletin #00213
                                   login
                             18 December 2001

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        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
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Product:                /bin/login
Vendor:                 Sun Microsystems
Operating System:       SunOS 5.8 (Solaris 8)
                        SunOS 5.7 (Solaris 7)
                        SunOS 5.6 (Solaris 2.6)
                        SunOS 5.5.1 (Solaris 2.5.1)
Platform:               i386
                        SPARC
Impact:                 Root Compromise
Access Required:        Remote

Ref:                    AL-2001.19

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                   Sun Microsystems, Inc. Security Bulletin
                
Bulletin Number:   #00213
Date:              December 14, 2001            
Cross-Ref:         CERT Advisory CA-2001-34
Title:             login
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1.  Bulletins Topics

    Sun announces the release of patches for Solaris(tm) 8, 7, 2.6,
    and 2.5.1 (SunOS(tm) 5.8, 5.7, 5.6, and 5.5.1) which
    relate to a buffer overflow vulnerability in /bin/login.

    Sun recommends that you install the patches listed in section 4
    immediately on systems running SunOS 5.8, 5.7, 5.6, and 5.5.1.

2.  Who is Affected
                                       
    Vulnerable:               SunOS 5.8, 5.8_x86, 5.7, 5.7_x86, 5.6,
                              5.6_x86, 5.5.1, and 5.5.1_x86
                             
    
        
3.  Understanding the Vulnerability

    The login command is used at the beginning of each  terminal
    session  to identify oneself to the system. login is invoked
    by the system when a connection is first established,  after
    the  previous user has terminated the login shell by issuing
    the exit command.

    A buffer overflow has been discovered in login which may be
    exploited by a local or a remote attacker to gain root access
    on the affected system. This issue was discovered by ISS
    X-Force who published an advisory at:

    http://xforce.iss.net/alerts/advise105.php

    CERT Advisory CA-2001-34 is available from:

    http://www.cert.org/advisories/CA-2001-34.html
            
4.  List of Patches

    A Sun Security Bulletin is usually issued after patches are 
    available on SunSolve.  In this case, while the patches are
    not yet available, they are in the process of being pushed
    to external servers and should be downloadable in a very
    short time.
    
    OS Version               Patch ID
    __________               _________
    SunOS 5.8                111085-02
    SunOS 5.8_x86            111086-02
    SunOS 5.7                112300-01
    SunOS 5.7_x86            112301-01
    SunOS 5.6                105665-04
    SunOS 5.6_x86            105666-04
    SunOS 5.5.1              106160-02
    SunOS 5.5.1_x86          106161-02
                                       
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APPENDICES

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