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IRIX lpd daemon vulnerabilities via sendmail and dns

by Nikola Strahija on November 13th, 2002 It's been reported that the IRIX lpd daemon has vulnerabilities related to dns and sendmail.


...for additional details on these vulnerabilities.

No CVE candidates were assigned by CERT for these issues.

The lpd / dns vulnerability can be exploited by a remote user and can be
used to work around lpd's security mechanisms, but the lpd / sendmail
vulnerability requires a local account on the system and can be used to gain
root access.

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 future releases of IRIX.

- --------------
- --- Impact ---
- --------------

The /usr/etc/lpd binary is not installed by default on IRIX 6.5 systems. It
is part of the optional print.sw.bsdlpr printing package.

To determine the version of IRIX you are running, execute the following

# /bin/uname -R

That will return a result similar to the following:

# 6.5 6.5.16f

The first number ("6.5") is the release name, the second ("6.5.16f" in this
case) is the extended release name. The extended release name is the
"version" we refer to throughout this document.

To see if lpd is installed, execute the following command:

$ versions print.sw.bsdlpr
I = Installed, R = Removed

Name Date Description

I print 07/15/2002 Printing Tools, Release 1.15.5f
I print.sw 07/15/2002 Printing Tools Software 1.15.5f
I print.sw.bsdlpr 07/15/2002 Berkeley 'lpr' Printer Spooler

If the output is similar to that shown above, then lpd is installed and the
system may be vulnerable.

- ----------------------------
- --- Temporary Workaround ---
- ----------------------------

SGI understands that there are times when upgrading the operating system or
installing patches are inconvenient or not possible. In those instances, we
recommend the following workaround.

Uninstall the bsd printing system and use the System V (lp) system
instead. The IRIX lp system understands and accepts bsd printing commands.

$ su -
# versions remove print.sw.bsdlpr

You will then need to configure your printers under the System V lp system.

It is not necessary to reboot the system after using this workaround.

- ----------------
- --- Solution ---
- ----------------

SGI has provided a series of patches for these vulnerabilities. Our
recommendation is to upgrade to IRIX 6.5.19 when available, or install the
appropriate patch.

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 yes Notes 2 & 3
IRIX 6.5.13 yes Notes 2 & 3
IRIX 6.5.14m yes 4835
IRIX 6.5.14f yes 4835
IRIX 6.5.15m yes 4835
IRIX 6.5.15f yes 4835
IRIX 6.5.16m yes 4835
IRIX 6.5.16f yes 4835
IRIX 6.5.17m yes 4835
IRIX 6.5.17f yes 4835
IRIX 6.5.18m yes 4835
IRIX 6.5.18f yes 4835
IRIX 6.5.19 no


1) This version of the IRIX operating has been retired. Upgrade to an
actively supported IRIX operating system. See for more

2) If you have not received an IRIX 6.5.X CD for IRIX 6.5, contact your
SGI Support Provider or URL:
IRIX Maintenance releases can be downloaded from:

3) Upgrade to IRIX 6.5.19 when it is released.

##### Patch File Checksums ####

The actual patch will be a tar file containing the following files:

Filename: README.patch.4835
Algorithm #1 (sum -r): 05603 8 README.patch.4835
Algorithm #2 (sum): 28528 8 README.patch.4835
MD5 checksum: 7A7B340C28EE2818D77296F1D3305F67

Filename: patchSG0004835
Algorithm #1 (sum -r): 32912 3 patchSG0004835
Algorithm #2 (sum): 19629 3 patchSG0004835
MD5 checksum: BC092B72061F4724E2EB176B61E3DD69

Filename: patchSG0004835.idb
Algorithm #1 (sum -r): 65140 3 patchSG0004835.idb
Algorithm #2 (sum): 31061 3 patchSG0004835.idb
MD5 checksum: 8C51E0B1EB1A6827FCC211C15DABB456

Filename: patchSG0004835.print_sw
Algorithm #1 (sum -r): 45169 263 patchSG0004835.print_sw
Algorithm #2 (sum): 38519 263 patchSG0004835.print_sw
MD5 checksum: CB4ADD4EFA7905446C2FE4FCAC237AFE

- ------------------------
- --- Acknowledgments ----
- ------------------------

SGI wishes to thank the USAF, CERT, FIRST and the users of the Internet
Community at large for their assistance in this matter.

- -------------
- --- Links ---
- -------------

SGI Security Advisories can be found at: and

SGI Security Patches can be found at: and

SGI patches for IRIX can be found at the following patch servers: and

SGI freeware updates for IRIX can be found at:

SGI fixes for SGI open sourced code can be found on:

SGI patches and RPMs for Linux can be found at: or

SGI patches for Windows NT or 2000 can be found at:

IRIX 5.2-6.4 Recommended/Required Patch Sets can be found at: and

IRIX 6.5 Maintenance Release Streams can be found at:

IRIX 6.5 Software Update CDs can be obtained from:

The primary SGI anonymous FTP site for security advisories and patches is ( Security advisories and patches are
located under the URL

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

- -----------------------------------------
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