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Hewlett Packard HPSBMP0304-018: sendmail multiple vulnerabilities

by Nikola Strahija on April 14th, 2003 Several vulnerabilities have been found in sendmail/iX 8.12.1A.01.01 and prior freeware versions which, if exploited, may allow denial-of-service attacks and unauthorized privilege access.

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Originally issued: 10 April 2003
SSRT3531 Security Vulnerability in MPE/iX sendmail

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PROBLEM: Potential security vulnerability in sendmail

IMPACT: Potential unauthorized Privileged Access,
Potential Denial of Service (DoS).

PLATFORM: MPE 7.0 and 7.5 running Sendmail 8.12.1 A.01.00, or
A.01.01, as well as earlier unsupported freeware
versions of sendmail.

SOLUTION: Download and install the appropriate sendmail patch
MPE/iX 7.0 SMLHD15A (if SMLGDT8A is installed)
MPE/iX 6.5 (and earlier) SMLGDT8A then SMLHD15A.
(requires manual installation -- see below)

see below.

AVAILABILITY: All patches are available now on

A. Background
A potential security vulnerability with sendmail/iX 8.12.1
A.01.01 has been reported in MPE/iX. This potential
vulnerability may result a remote Denial of Service (DoS)
and unauthorized Privilege Access.
This is the vulnerability reported in CERT/CC CA-2003-12.
It should be noted that while sendmail on Unix may allow for
the execution of arbitrary code via a buffer overflow, that
does not apply on MPE/iX, where a buffer overflow would
simply result in a process abort.

This problem also affects HP Tru64 UNIX:
SRB SSRT3531 Bulletin for HP Tru64 UNIX,

NOTE: This problem does not impact HP NonStop Servers nor

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and it affects HP-UX. See Security Bulletin SSRT3531
HPSBUX0304-253, available from

B. Recommended solution
Retrieve the patches and follow the procedure outlined below.
Apply the patch for releases as follows:
MPE/iX 7.0 SMLHD15A (if SMLGDT8A is installed)
MPE/iX 6.5 (and earlier) SMLGDT8A, then SMLHD15A

Install the full 7.0 SMLGDT8A patch on 6.0 or 6.5, then
install SMLHD15A on 6.0 or 6.5. SMLGDT8A/SMLHD15A function
properly on MPE 6.0 and 6.5, but will require manual
installation as follows.

1) Back up any locally modified files in the SENDMAIL account


3) Unpack the SMLGDT8A patch bundle and copy HFSSML to


5) Unpack the SMLHD15A patch bundle and copy SENDMAIL to


7) Reapply any local modifications from 1) above to the new
config files in /etc/mail.


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(c)Copyright 2003 Hewlett-Packard Company
Hewlett-Packard Company shall not be liable for technical or
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