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Apache Security Vulnerabilities on IRIX

by Nikola Strahija on November 13th, 2002 Fixed in : sgi_apache v1.3.27 on IRIX 6.5.19 Apps CD

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- --- Issue Specifics ---
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It's been reported that Apache versions prior to 1.3.27 have the following

o Buffer overflows in ab utility

Buffer overflows in the benchmarking utility ab can be exploited if
ab is run against a malicious server

o Shared memory permissions lead to local privilege escalation

The permissions of the shared memory used for the scoreboard allows
an attacker who can execute under the Apache UID to send a signal to
any process as root or cause a local denial of service attack.

o Error page XSS using wildcard DNS CAN-2002-0840

Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in the default error page of
Apache 2.0 before 2.0.43, and 1.3.x up to 1.3.26, when
UseCanonicalName is "Off" and support for wildcard DNS is present,
allows remote attackers to execute script as other web page visitors
via the Host: header.

See: for further details.

These vulnerabilities were assigned the following CVEs:

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.

These issues will be corrected in future releases of IRIX.

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- --- Impact ---
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The Apache webserver is supplied with IRIX versions since 6.5.12m/f as a
replacement for the older SGI FastTrack server. It is installed by default,
and is enabled through "chkconfig" by default.

In order to determine if the Apache webserver is installed, execute the
following command:

# versions -b | grep apache

If the following line is returned you are OK (ignore the date):

I sgi_apache 11/15/2002 SGI Web Server based on Apache, 1.3.27

If any earlier version is shown you are vulnerable.

These vulnerabilities might lead to a root compromise in some
configurations, and no local account is required.

These vulnerabilities have been reported by CVE and have been publicly
discussed in Usenet newsgroups and mailing lists.

To determine the version of IRIX you are running, execute the following

# /bin/uname -R

That will return a result similar to the following:

# 6.5 6.5.16f

The first number ("6.5") is the release name, the second ("6.5.16f" in this
case) is the extended release name. The extended release name is the
"version" we refer to throughout this document.

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- --- Temporary Workaround ---
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SGI acknowledges that it may not always be possible to immediately install
patches or upgrade the operating system. In those cases, we recommend
removing the Apache webserver and associated products by using the following

# versions remove sgi_apache*
# versions remove websetup*
# versions remove gateway*

It is not necessary to reboot the system after doing this. You should
follow the recommendations in the "Temporary Solution" section below as soon
as it is possible to do so.

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- --- Temporary Solution ---
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SGI is working on providing a new Apache version. In the interim, we have
provided a BETA copy of Apache which should address the security matter. Our
recommendation is to upgrade to IRIX 6.5.19 when available and install the
Apache version on the Applications CD, or install the distribution from the
ftp site noted below.

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 Notes 2 & 3
IRIX 6.5.14 yes Notes 3 & 4
IRIX 6.5.15 yes Notes 3 & 4
IRIX 6.5.16 yes Notes 3 & 4
IRIX 6.5.17 yes Notes 3 & 4
IRIX 6.5.18 yes Notes 3 & 4
IRIX 6.5.19 no


1) This version of the IRIX operating has been retired. Upgrade to an
actively supported IRIX operating system. See 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:

3) Upgrade to IRIX 6.5.19 when released and install the Apache
distribution from the Applications CD

4) Install the Apache distribution located at:
Please note that this version will not be supported on Irix versions
prior to 6.5.14.

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

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

Filename: sgi_apache
Algorithm #1 (sum -r): 11059 5 sgi_apache
Algorithm #2 (sum): 39872 5 sgi_apache
MD5 checksum: C83DA535714AC4D157BD884695902D2D

Filename: sgi_apache.books
Algorithm #1 (sum -r): 53491 3334 sgi_apache.books
Algorithm #2 (sum): 3618 3334 sgi_apache.books
MD5 checksum: 68457FA5B900979136B14A6F7C9A9F35

Filename: sgi_apache.idb
Algorithm #1 (sum -r): 58058 284 sgi_apache.idb
Algorithm #2 (sum): 58597 284 sgi_apache.idb
MD5 checksum: 41584996C3CBD440540C941EA9B95F4E

Algorithm #1 (sum -r): 08314 98
Algorithm #2 (sum): 35168 98
MD5 checksum: AA095B6BC2F1C6A62FD4A81E4021E641

Filename: sgi_apache.src
Algorithm #1 (sum -r): 09105 6412 sgi_apache.src
Algorithm #2 (sum): 33444 6412 sgi_apache.src
MD5 checksum: 3C0D14E5185FA0E871DC8507C689C5A9

Filename: sgi_apache.sw
Algorithm #1 (sum -r): 34276 1858 sgi_apache.sw
Algorithm #2 (sum): 13640 1858 sgi_apache.sw
MD5 checksum: 2BB483DDED4DD1CC05FCEE3667A9B75F

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- --- Acknowledgments ----
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SGI wishes to thank iDefense, Matthew Murphy, David Wagner, FIRST and the
users of the Internet Community at large for their assistance in this

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- --- Links ---
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SGI Security Advisories can be found at: and

SGI Security Patches can be found at: and

SGI patches for IRIX can be found at the following patch servers: and

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: 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: and

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 ( Security advisories and patches are
located under the URL

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

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