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CIAC Bulletin F-10: HP-UX Remote Watch
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Subject: CIAC Bulletin F-10: HP-UX Remote Watch
The U.S. Department of Energy
Computer Incident Advisory Capability
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HP-UX Remote Watch
February 6, 1995 1200 PST Number F-10
PROBLEM: Security vulnerabilities in HP-UX Remote
Watch can be used to increase access
privileges of users.
PLATFORMS: HP 9000 series 300/400s and 700/800s, for
HP-UX versions 8.x and 9.x
DAMAGE: User can increase their access privileges.
SOLUTION: Apply appropriate vendor patch as described
ASSESSMENT: The security vulnerability in HP-UX Remote
Watch can be used to increase a user's
access privileges which may result in
system compromise. CIAC urges affected
sites to install install the appropriate
secuirty patch as soon as possible.
Critical Information about HP-UX Remote Watch
CIAC has obtained information from Hewlett Packard
regarding a new security vulnerability in Remote Watch
contained in the WATCH-RUN fileset for releases of HP-UX.
Appendix I provides detailed patch information for the HP
Remote Watch vulnerability.
The document /pub/ciac/bulletin/f-fy95/hppatchs.txt has
been updated to reflect this bulletin. The hppatchs.txt
document contains the entire list of all HP Bulletins and
patches and is available on our FTP server ciac.llnl.gov.
HP has an automatic server to allow patches and other
security information to be retrieved over the Internet. To
utilize this server, send an e-mail message to
[email protected] The subject line of the
message is ignored and the body (text) of the message
should contain the words
where XXXX is the identifier for the information you want
retrieved. For example, to retrieve the patch PHSS_4834,
the message would be "send PHSS_4834".
Other information that can be retrieved include the HP
SupportLine mail service user's guide (send guide.txt), the
readme file for a patch and the original HP bulletin (send
HP also has a World Wide Web server to browse and retrieve
bulletins and patches. To utilize this server, use a WWW
client and connect to http://support.mayfield.hp.com.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Hewlett Packard updates patches
periodically. These updates are not reflected in the text
of each HP bulletin. The overview presented here contains
current information on the patches available at the time of
the release of this CIAC bulletin. If you request an
updated patch, when you try to retrieve the patch you will
receive a message stating that the patch is obsolete and
the name of the patch which supersedes it.
Hewlett Packard has made sum and MD5 checksums available
for their patches and for their security bulletins. See
the detailed explanation for HPSBUX9408-016 in CIAC
bulletin F-02 for information on how to access and utilize
CIAC wishes to thank Hewlett Packard for the information
contained in this bulletin.
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Appendix I: Details of HP-UX Remote Watch Bulletin
HPSBUX9510-020: HP-UX Remote Watch dated January 31, 1995
This vulnerability can allow users to increase their access
privileges which may result in system compromise. All HP
300/400 and 700/800 series machines running HP-UX 8.x or
9.x which have Remote Watch installed are affected.
The patch to install depends on which operating system
version and machine series you are currently using. Use
the following table to determine which patch to retrieve
Operating System Series Apply patch
HP-UX 8.x 800 PHSS_5185
HP-UX 9.x 800 PHSS_5136
HP-UX 8.x 700 PHSS_5180
HP-UX 9.x 700 PHSS_5107
HP-UX 8.x 300/400 PHSS_5168
HP-UX 9.x 300/400 PHSS_5120
Obtain necessary patches, and install per the installation
instructions included with the patches.
After the patch is installed, be sure to examine
/tmp/update.log for any relevant WARNINGs or ERRORs. This
can be done by typing "tail -60 /tmp/update.log | more",
then paging through the screens via the space bar, looking
for WARNING or ERROR messages.