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                   ESB-2002.423 -- SGI Security Advisory
                  Bulk Data Services (BDS) vulnerability
                              13 August 2002


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:                Bulk Data Service (BDSPro) prior to 2.5
Vendor:                 SGI
Operating System:       IRIX 6.5.16 and prior
Impact:                 Read-only Data Access
Access Required:        Remote

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                          SGI Security Advisory

        Title:      Bulk Data Services (BDS) vulnerability
        Number:     20020804-01-P
        Date:       August 12, 2002
        Reference:  CAN-2002-0632

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- - --- Issue Specifics ---
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It's been reported that under certain conditions, SGI's BDS (Bulk Data
Service) software can be tricked to give a client read access to any file on
a server system where BDS is running.

SGI has investigated the issue and recommends the following steps for
neutralizing the exposure.  It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that these measures be
implemented on ALL vulnerable SGI systems.

This vulnerability has been fixed with a patch for BDSPro 2.4 and in later
versions of BDSPro.

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- - --- Impact ---
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BDS is an optional product and is not installed by default.  To check if
BDS is installed on your system, execute the following command:

  # versions bds.eoe.server

If the output looks like the following, then BDS is installed.

  I = Installed, R = Removed

   Name                 Date        Description

   I  bds                  01/08/2002  Bulk Data Server, version 2.4
   I  bds.eoe              01/08/2002  Bulk Data Server Software
   I  bds.eoe.server       01/08/2002  Bulk Data Server Software 2.4

This vulnerability may be exploited by a remote user, and no local account
is required.

This issue has been corrected in BDSPro 2.5 and later versions.

This vulnerability has been assigned the following CVE:

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- - --- Temporary Workaround ---
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Apart from not running BDSPro, there is no effective workaround available
for this issue. See solution section below.

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- - --- Solution ---
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SGI has provided a patch for these vulnerabilities. The patch relies on
hooks in the kernel that are not present until IRIX 6.5.13 to fix the
vulnerabilities.  SGI recommends either installing the patch for BDSPro 2.4
or upgrading to BDSPro 2.5 or later when it is released (on an IRIX 6.5.13+

   OS Version     Vulnerable?     Patch #      Other Actions
   ----------     -----------     -------      -------------
   IRIX 3.x        unknown                     Note 1
   IRIX 4.x        unknown                     Note 1
   IRIX 5.x        unknown                     Note 1
   IRIX 6.0.x      unknown                     Note 1
   IRIX 6.1        unknown                     Note 1
   IRIX 6.2        unknown                     Note 1
   IRIX 6.3        unknown                     Note 1
   IRIX 6.4        unknown                     Note 1
   IRIX 6.5          yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.1        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.2        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.3        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.4        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.5        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.6        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.7        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.8        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.9        yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.10       yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.11       yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.12       yes                       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.13       yes            4713       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.14       yes            4713       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.15       yes            4713       Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.16       yes            4713       Notes 2 & 3


     1) This version of the IRIX operating has been retired. Upgrade to an
        actively supported IRIX operating system.  See
        http://support.sgi.com/irix/news/index.html#policy for more

     2) If you have not received an IRIX 6.5.X CD for IRIX 6.5, contact your
        SGI Support Provider or URL: http://support.sgi.com/irix/swupdates/

     3) Upgrade to IRIX 6.5.13 or a later version of IRIX plus BDSPro 2.4
        and patch 4713, or upgrade to BDSPro 2.5 when it becomes available.

                ##### Patch File Checksums ####

The actual patch will be a tar file containing the following files:

Filename:                 README.patch.4713
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    63358 8 README.patch.4713
Algorithm #2 (sum):       46581 8 README.patch.4713
MD5 checksum:             BB34943B63D677A72ECFF0CB4362B23E

Filename:                 patchSG0004713
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    22226 1 patchSG0004713
Algorithm #2 (sum):       34070 1 patchSG0004713
MD5 checksum:             75FC332B07C75319987F4004DBBD5757

Filename:                 patchSG0004713.bds_eoe
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    16577 190 patchSG0004713.bds_eoe
Algorithm #2 (sum):       50484 190 patchSG0004713.bds_eoe
MD5 checksum:             75AA1C002E24BA2C771093CB36BC4E55

Filename:                 patchSG0004713.idb
Algorithm #1 (sum -r):    48805 2 patchSG0004713.idb
Algorithm #2 (sum):       50458 2 patchSG0004713.idb
MD5 checksum:             A804C1F557D80EFF45C1D975FCAB445F

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- - --- Acknowledgments ----
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SGI wishes to thank Sandia Labs for their assistance in this matter.

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- - --- Links ---
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SGI Security Advisories can be found at:
http://www.sgi.com/support/security/ and

SGI Security Patches can be found at:
http://www.sgi.com/support/security/ and

SGI patches for IRIX can be found at the following patch servers:
http://support.sgi.com/irix/ and ftp://patches.sgi.com/

SGI freeware updates for IRIX can be found at:

SGI fixes for SGI open sourced code can be found on:

SGI patches and RPMs for Linux can be found at:
http://support.sgi.com/linux/ or

SGI patches for Windows NT or 2000 can be found at:

IRIX 5.2-6.4 Recommended/Required Patch Sets can be found at:
http://support.sgi.com/irix/ and ftp://patches.sgi.com/support/patchset/

IRIX 6.5 Maintenance Release Streams can be found at:

IRIX 6.5 Software Update CDs can be obtained from:

The primary SGI anonymous FTP site for security advisories and patches is
patches.sgi.com (  Security advisories and patches are
located under the URL ftp://patches.sgi.com/support/free/security/

For security and patch management reasons, ftp.sgi.com (mirrors
patches.sgi.com security FTP repository) lags behind and does not do a
real-time update.

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