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Hewlett Packard HPSBUX0304-254: SMB/CIFS remote root compromise

by Nikola Strahija on April 14th, 2003 A vulnerability has been found in CIFS server version A.01.09.02 and prior which, if exploited, may allow remote attackers to gain root access.

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Originally issued: 09 April 2003
SSRT3536 Potential Security Vulnerability in CIFS/9000 Server

NOTICE: There are no restrictions for distribution of this
Bulletin provided that it remains complete and intact.

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: CIFS/9000 Server is potentially vulnerable to altered
SMB/CIFS network messages.

IMPACT: Potential remote root access.

PLATFORM: All HP9000 servers running CIFS/9000 Server versions up
through A.01.09.02 on HP-UX 11.0, 11.11(11i), and 11.22

SOLUTION: HP-UX 11.0/11.11
Download and install the smbd.11.00.r1 file containing
the fix. This file must be manually installed on the
CIFS Server version A.01.09.01 or A.01.09.02

HP-UX 11.22
The CIFS Server must be disabled until the new
CIFS/9000 Server version A.01.09.03 is available on


HP-UX 11.0/11.11
Install the smbd.11.00.r1 file.

HP-UX 11.22
Disable the CIFS/9000 Server.

AVAILABILITY: The temporary fix, smbd.11.00.r1, is available now.
This bulletin will be revised when web upgrades
are available.
A. Background

Note: Although having similar descriptions, this is a
different vulnerability from that described in
SSRT3509 Potential Security Vulnerability
in CIFS/9000 Server
Using the fix described in this bulletin will correct
both vulnerabilities.

Note: The following are not vulnerable:

HP NonStop Servers
HP Secure Web Servers for HP Tru64 UNIX
HP Secure Web Servers for HP Tru64 OpenVMS

As further information becomes available HP
will provide notice of the availability of any
additional Samba updates through standard security
bulletin announcements and information will be
available from your normal HP Services support channel.

CIFS Server version A.01.09.02 and prior may allow modified
SMB/CIFS messages to cause smbd to overwrite portions of its
own process address space. This could potentially be
exploited to gain root access remotely.

The latest version of CIFS Server adds checks for proper
SMB/CIFS messages to prevent invalid smbd memory accesses.

B. Recommended solution

If /opt/samba/bin/smbd is present on a system the following
instructions should be followed.

HP-UX 11.0/11.11
Update to version A.01.09.02 (available on
if running versions of CIFS Server prior to A.01.09.01 .
Then download and install the fixed smbd as detailed below.

When available on, install the complete CIFS
Server 2.2e package (version A.01.09.03) to update the entire

Instructions for installing the fixed smbd:

NOTE: If CIFS Server version A.01.09.03 is already installed,
this fixed smbd is not needed.

1. Update to CIFS Server version A.01.09.02 if necessary.
The CIFS Server is available on

2. Download new smbd.11.00.r1.gz binary file:

System: (
Login: samba
Password: samba

FTP Access: ftp://samba:[email protected]/
or: ftp://samba:[email protected]/
or: ftp

Note: There is an ftp defect in IE5 that may result in
a browser hang. To work around this:
- Select Tools -> Internet Options -> Advanced
- Un-check the option:
[ ] Enable folder view for FTP sites

3. Unpack the file with gunzip and verify the cksum or
the md5 sum:

638984860 2555904 smbd.11.00.r1

MD5 (smbd.11.00.r1) = 1b9aed7552aa94d86e8bbe47cda16778

Note: If you wish to verify the md5 sum and you do not
have a copy of md5, please refer to:
Patch sums and the MD5 program
Note: Using your itrc account security bulletins can be
found here:

4. Replace current smbd file with new version:

Back up the original smbd file : /opt/samba/bin/smbd

Stop CIFS/9000 Server if it is running.

Copy the downloaded smbd.11.00.r1 to /opt/samba/bin/smbd
Note: smbd.11.00.r1 is for both HP-UX 11.00 and
HP-UX 11.11 (11i).

Restart CIFS/9000 Server if it had been running.

HP-UX 11.22
Disable the CIFS/9000 Server.

When available on, update to CIFS/9000 Server
version A.01.09.03

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(c)Copyright 2003 Hewlett-Packard Company
Hewlett-Packard Company shall not be liable for technical or
editorial errors or omissions contained herein. The information
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