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SSRT0813: Potential Security Vulnerability on OpenVMS for ACMS

by Nikola Strahija on February 27th, 2002 Compaq received a report that OpenVMS Alpha has a potential security vulnerability with it's utilization of ACMS V4.3 and V4.4 process privileges.


Posted at http://ftp.support.compaq.com/patches/.new/security.shtml

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

RELEASE DATE: 25 FEBRUARY 2002

SOURCE: Compaq Computer Corporation
Compaq Services
Software Security Response Team

CROSS REFERENCE: (none)

PROBLEM SUMMARY:

Compaq received a report that OpenVMS Alpha has a potential security
vulnerability with it's utilization of ACMS V4.3 and V4.4 process
privileges.

NOTE: This problem does not affect the security of the OpenVMS
operating system. If ACMS is not installed, this patch is not
required.

To verify if ACMS has been installed use the following
command:
$ ACMS/SHOW SYSTEM

If ACMS is not installed OpenVMS will return a "%DCL-W-IVVERB,
unrecognized command verb" error message. If ACMS is installed,
ACMS will return a status message with the installed version of ACMS.


VERSIONS IMPACTED:

ACMS V4.3 for OpenVMS Alpha V7.2-2, V7.3.
ACMS V4.4 for OpenVMS Alpha V7.2-2, V7.3.

RESOLUTION:

Compaq has created patches for ACMS V4.3 for OpenVMS
Alpha V7.2-2, V7.3.

The ACMS V4.3 patch is available from the FTP site
http://ftp.support.compaq.com/patches/public/vms/axp/
(choose the version directory required and download the
appropriate patch.)

DEC-AXPVMS-VMS722_ACMS-V0100--4.PCSI
DEC-AXPVMS-VMS72_ACMS-V0100--4.PCSI
DEC-AXPVMS-VMS73_ACMS-V0100--4.PCSI

NOTE: (1) Please review the README file(s) for patches prior
to installation.

For ACMS V4.4 installations Compaq has created a new ACMS V4.4A
release for OpenVMS Alpha V7.2-2, V7.3 that is being distributed on
the OpenVMS Product Library CD starting 25 February 2002.

ACMS V4.4 customers should upgrade to V4.4A immediately.

After completing the update, Compaq strongly recommends that
you perform an immediate backup of your system disk so that
any subsequent restore operations begin with updated software.
Otherwise, you must reapply the patch after a future
restore operation. Also, if at some future time you upgrade your
system to a later patch version, you may need to reapply the
appropriate patch.

SUPPORT:

For further information, please contact your normal
Compaq Global Services support channel.

SUBSCRIBE:

To subscribe to automatically receive future Security
Advisories from the Compaq's Software Security Response Team via
electronic mail:
http://www.support.compaq.com/patches/mailing-list.shtml

REPORT:

To report a potential security vulnerability with any Compaq
supported product, send email to: [email protected]


Compaq appreciates your cooperation and patience. We regret
any inconvenience applying this information may cause. As
always, Compaq urges you to periodically review your system
management and security procedures. Compaq will continue to
review and enhance the security features of its products and
work with customers to maintain and improve the security
and integrity of their systems.

"Compaq is broadly distributing this Security Advisory to
notify all users of Compaq products of the important security
information contained in this Advisory. Compaq recommends that
all users determine the applicability of this information to
their individual situations and take appropriate action. Compaq
does not warrant that this information is necessarily accurate or
complete for all user situations and, consequently, Compaq
will not be responsible for any damages resulting from user's use
or disregard of the information provided in this Advisory."

Copyright 2002 Compaq Information Technologies Group, L.P.
Compaq shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors
or omissions contained herein. The information in this document
is subject to change without notice. Compaq and the names of Compaq
products referenced herein are, either, trademarks and/or
service marks or registered trademarks and/or service marks of
Compaq Information Technologies Group, L.P. Other product and
company names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or service
marks of their respective owners.


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