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Hewlett Packard HPSBMP0303-016: ftp privilege flaw

by Nikola Strahija on April 2nd, 2003 A vulnerability has been found in MPE/iX ftp which may allow remote unathorized users to access potentially privileged data.

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Originally issued: 25 March 2003
SSRT3525 Security Vulnerability in MPE/iX ftp

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: Remote unauthorized users may potentially access
privileged data.

IMPACT: Unauthorized access.

PLATFORM: HP3000 running MPE/iX 5.5, 6.X or 7.X.

SOLUTION: Install the following fixes on supported MPE/iX
FTPGDY7 for 6.5,
FTPGDY8 for 7.0,
FTPGDY9 for 7.5.

See below.

AVAILABILITY: All beta-test patches are available now on

A. Background
Hewlett-Packard has discovered that changes made in the 1996
FTP Enhancement allow incorrect file operations.

NOTE: This problem does not impact HP NonStop Servers, nor
HP OpenVMS, nor HP Tru64 UNIX/Trucluster Server.

B. Recommended solution
Download and install the following fixes on the appropriate
HP3000 systems:
FTPGDY7 for 6.5,
FTPGDY8 for 7.0,
FTPGDY9 for 7.5.

On older non-supported releases, the following workarounds
may be used.

a) In the file, remove (comment out) the ftp
entry. This disables ftp access.
b) Discontinue using FTP/iX (remember to terminate JINETD job)
c) Install a newer supported Operating System software version
and then apply the appropriate FTP patch.

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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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