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SGI Security Advisory 20020503-01-I-netstat vulnerability

by Nikola Strahija on May 7th, 2002 It's been reported that /usr/etc/netstat allows detection of whether or not a file exists, even when the permissions and ownership of that file should not allow it. 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 have been corrected in IRIX 6.5.12 and later versions.


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- --- Impact ---
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The /usr/etc/netstat binary is part of the IRIX base system, and is
installed by default on all SGI machines.

The possible impact of this is that non-privileged users can detect if files
exist when they shouldn't be able to.

SGI is not aware of any specific exploits for this, but this ability could
conceivably be used for nefarious purposes.

This vulnerability may be not exploited by a remote user, a local account is
required.

This vulnerability has been fixed in IRIX 6.5.12 and later versions.

This vulnerability was assigned the following CVE:
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2002-0355


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- --- Temporary Workaround ---
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There is no effective workaround for this vulnerability.

SGI recommends upgrading to IRIX 6.5.12 or a later version.


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- --- Solution ---
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SGI has not provided patches for this vulnerability. Our recommendation is
to upgrade to IRIX 6.5.12 or a later version.


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 no
IRIX 6.5.13 no
IRIX 6.5.14 no
IRIX 6.5.15 no
IRIX 6.5.16 no


NOTES

1) This version of the IRIX operating has been retired. Upgrade to an
actively supported IRIX operating system. See
http://support.sgi.com/irix/news/index.html#policy for more
information.

2) If you have not received an IRIX 6.5.X CD for IRIX 6.5, contact your
SGI Support Provider or URL: http://support.sgi.com/irix/swupdates/

3) Upgrade to IRIX 6.5.12 or a later version of IRIX.


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- --- Acknowledgments ----
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SGI wishes to thank TESO Security, and the users of the Internet Community
at large for their assistance in this matter.


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- --- Links ---
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SGI Security Advisories can be found at:
http://www.sgi.com/support/security/ and
ftp://patches.sgi.com/support/free/security/advisories/

SGI Security Patches can be found at:
http://www.sgi.com/support/security/ and
ftp://patches.sgi.com/support/free/security/patches/

SGI patches for IRIX can be found at the following patch servers:
http://support.sgi.com/irix/ and ftp://patches.sgi.com/

SGI freeware updates for IRIX can be found at:
http://freeware.sgi.com/

SGI fixes for SGI open sourced code can be found on:
http://oss.sgi.com/projects/

SGI patches and RPMs for Linux can be found at:
http://support.sgi.com/linux/ or
http://oss.sgi.com/projects/sgilinux-combined/download/security-fixes/

SGI patches for Windows NT or 2000 can be found at:
http://support.sgi.com/nt/

IRIX 5.2-6.4 Recommended/Required Patch Sets can be found at:
http://support.sgi.com/irix/ and ftp://patches.sgi.com/support/patchset/

IRIX 6.5 Maintenance Release Streams can be found at:
http://support.sgi.com/colls/patches/tools/relstream/index.html

IRIX 6.5 Software Update CDs can be obtained from:
http://support.sgi.com/irix/swupdates/

The primary SGI anonymous FTP site for security advisories and patches is
patches.sgi.com (216.32.174.211). Security advisories and patches are
located under the URL ftp://patches.sgi.com/support/free/security/

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


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- --- SGI Security Information/Contacts ---
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If there are questions about this document, email can be sent to
[email protected]

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SGI provides security information and patches for use by the entire SGI
community. This information is freely available to any person needing the
information and is available via anonymous FTP and the Web.

The primary SGI anonymous FTP site for security advisories and patches is
patches.sgi.com (216.32.174.211). Security advisories and patches are
located under the URL ftp://patches.sgi.com/support/free/security/

The SGI Security Headquarters Web page is accessible at the URL:
http://www.sgi.com/support/security/

For issues with the patches on the FTP sites, email can be sent to
[email protected]

For assistance obtaining or working with security patches, please
contact your SGI support provider.

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SGI provides a free security mailing list service called wiretap and
encourages interested parties to self-subscribe to receive (via email) all
SGI Security Advisories when they are released. Subscribing to the mailing
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SGI provides a comprehensive customer World Wide Web site. This site is
located at http://www.sgi.com/support/security/ .

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If there are general security questions on SGI systems, email can be sent to
[email protected]

For reporting *NEW* SGI security issues, email can be sent to
[email protected] or contact your SGI support provider. A support
contract is not required for submitting a security report.

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