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              SSRT3523 Sec. Vulnerabilities in Webmin/Usermin
                               19 March 2003


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:                Webmin/Usermin
Vendor:                 Hewlett-Packard
Operating System:       HP-UX 11.22
                        HP-UX 11.20
                        HP-UX 11.11
                        HP-UX 11.00
Platform:               HP9000
Impact:                 Root Compromise
Access Required:        Remote

CVE Names:              CAN-2003-0101

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Originally issued: 17 March 2003
SSRT3523 Sec. Vulnerabilities in Webmin/Usermin
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from customer's failure to fully implement instructions in this
Security Bulletin as soon as possible.

PROBLEM: Potential vulnerability regarding miniserv.pl in
           (1) Webmin before 1.070, and
           (2) Usermin before 1.000 does not properly handle
         metacharacters such as line feeds and carriage returns
         (CRLF) in Base-64 encoded strings during Basic
         authentication, which allows remote attackers to
         potentially spoof a session ID and potentially gain root

   Note: Usermin is currently not shipped in any of the products
         mentioned below.

   More details are available at:

IMPACT:  Potential to increase privileges from remote.

PLATFORM: HP9000 Servers running HP-UX release 11.00, 11.11,
          11.20, and 11.22 with versions of the following products
          are affected, and represented as:
               product-name, version (product-tag/bundle-tag)

        - hp apache-based web server, or earlier
          This product includes Webmin 0.980.

        - hp apache-based web server, or earlier
          (HPApache/B9416AA, HPApache/B9416BA)
          This product includes Webmin 0.980.

        - hp-ux webmin-based admin, v. or earlier
          This product includes Webmin 1.020

SOLUTION: For HP-UX releases 11.00, 11.11, 11.20 and 11.22
          download new HP Apache product from

          For ApacheStrong/B9415AA download the following:
          - hp apache-based web server,
            This product includes Webmin 1.070.

          For HPApache/B9416AA, HPApache/B9416BA and
              hpuxwsWEBMIN/hpuxwsWebmin download the following:
          - hp-ux webmin-based admin, v. or later
            This product includes Webmin 1.070.

   NOTE: No IPv6 solution is available at this time.
         This Security Bulletin will be updated when such
         becomes available.

                Install the product containing the fix.
                For customers with HPApache/B9416AA or
                HPApache/B9416BA installed, the fix requires
                migration to hpuxwsWEBMIN/hpuxwsWebmin and
                removing the affected products from the system.

AVAILABILITY: Complete product bundles are available now on

A. Background
   The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project
   <http://cve.mitre.org/> has identified multiple potential
   vulnerabilities in the Webmin GUI Administration tool
   (CAN-2003-0101).  It affects the following HP product
   numbers/versions on HP-UX releases 11.00, 11.11, 11.20
   and 11.22::

   - hp apache-based web server, or earlier

   - hp apache-based web server, or earlier
     (HPApache/B9416AA, HPApache/B9416BA)

   - hp-ux webmin-based admin, v. or earlier

B. Recommended solution
   The Webmin Group has released Webmin 1.070 as the best known
   version that fixes the problems identified in the above
   mentioned issues.

   For customers using ApacheStrong/B9415AA, HP has incorporated
   Webmin 1.070 in the following products:
    - B9415AA:       hp apache-based web server
        This product includes Webmin 1.070.

   For customers using HPApache/B9416AA, HPApache/B9416BA and
   hpuxwsWEBMIN/hpuxwsWebmin, HP has incorporated Webmin 1.070
   in the following products:
    - hpuxwsWebmin:  hp-ux webmin-based admin v. or
        This product includes Webmin 1.070.

  NOTE: No IPv6 solution is available at this time.  This Security
        Bulletin will be updated when such becomes available.

   Check for Webmin Installation
   To determine if the Webmin GUI Administration Tool from HP
   is installed on your system, use Software Distributor's swlist
   command. Since Webmin is not visible at the "product" level
   for products prior to hpuxwsWEBMIN, search for Apache as well.
   All versions of products may co-exist on a single system.

   For example, the results of the commands:
   swlist -l product | grep -i webmin
     hpuxwsWEBMIN          A.    HP-UX Webmin-based Admin

   swlist -l product | grep -i apache

     ApacheStrong     HP Apache-based Web Server
                                   with Strong (128bit) Encryption
     HPApache  HP Apache-based Web Server

   In the above examples, all of these need to be updated.

   Stop Webmin
   Before updating, make sure to stop any previous Webmin binary.
   Otherwise, the previous binary will continue running,
   preventing the new one from starting, although the installation
   would be successful.

   After determining which Webmin is installed, stop Webmin with
   the following commands:

     for ApacheStrong:   /opt/apache/webmin/webmin-init stop
     for HPApache:       /opt/hpapache2/webmin/webmin-init stop
     for hpuxwsWEBMIN:   /opt/hpws/webmin/webmin-init stop

   Since Webmin is bundled with Apache for products prior to
   hpuxwsWEBMIN, Apache also needs to be stopped.

     for ApacheStrong:    /opt/apache/bin/apachectl stop
     for HPApache:        /opt/hpapache2/bin/apachectl stop

   Download and Install Webmin/Apache
   - Download Webmin/Apache from Software Depot using the
     previously mentioned links.
   - Verify successful download by comparing the cksum with the
     value specified on the installation web page.
   - Use SD to swinstall the depot.
   - For customers with HPApache/B9416AA or HPApache/B9416BA
     installed, migrate to hpuxwsWEBMIN/hpuxwsWebmin and
     remove the affected products from the system.

   Installation of this new version of HP Apache over an existing
   HP Apache installation is supported, while installation over a
   non-HP Apache is NOT supported.

   Removing Webmin Installation
   If you rather remove Webmin from your system than install a
   newer version to resolve the security problem, use both
   Software Distributor's "swremove" command and also "rm -rf" the
   home location as specified in the rc.config.d file "HOME"

   To find the files containing HOME variables in the
   /etc/rc.config.d directory:

   For ApacheStrong/B9415AA, HPApache/B9416AA, and
   HPApache/B9416BA when removing Webmin, you will also remove
     %ls /etc/rc.config.d | grep apache

     NOTE: For HP Apache 1.3.x, you must manually remove the
           Apache directory in addition to the Tomcat directory.
           Apache is under directory "/opt/apache" for
           HP Apache 1.3.x.

   For hpuxwsWebmin/hpuxwsWebmin:
     %ls /etc/rc.config.d | grep webmin

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