what you don't know can hurt you


Posted Dec 14, 1999

HP-UX's wu-ftpd advisory, only 2 months late.

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Two months. How timely.

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Digest Name: Daily Security Bulletins Digest
Created: Mon Dec 13 3:00:05 PST 1999

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Document ID Title
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HPSBUX9912-106 Security Vulnerability in wu-ftp

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Document ID: HPSBUX9912-106
Date Loaded: 19991212
Title: Security Vulnerability in wu-ftp


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.

PROBLEM: Multiple vulnerabilities in wu-ftp software.

PLATFORM: HP9000 series 7/800 servers running HP-UX release 11.00 only.

DAMAGE: Any user can gain root privileges.

SOLUTION: Apply the patch noted below.

AVAILABILITY: The patch is available now.

A. Background
Starting with HP-UX release 11.00, Hewlett-Packard has made
available the ported wu-ftp code. There are buffer overruns in
the wu-ftpd plus corrections to other client functionality as
mentioned in AUSCERT AA-1999.02 Advisory, dated 19 October 1999.
See www.auscert.org.au.

HP-UX release 10.20 supports only our legacy ftp and is not affected.
Release 11.00 is, however, vulnerable and needs this patch. Our
patch addresses the vulnerabilities that have been fixed in the
2.6.0 release of wu-ftpd which has been made available by the
WU-FTPD Development Group.

B. Fixing the problem - Install patch PHNE_18377.

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