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Category:   OS (Other)  >   MPE/iX OS Vendors:   HPE
HP's MPE/iX Operating System Can Provide Unauthorized Access and Additional Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1001105
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   GENERIC-MAP-NOMATCH   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Mar 16 2001
Impact:   Denial of service via local system, User access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): HP3000 running MPE/iX release 5.5 and newer.
Description:   HP issued a bulletin (HPSBMP0103-011) announcing a vulnerability in the MPE/iX operating system that could provide users with unauthorized access to databases and with additional privileges.

HP reports a security vulnerability with the MPE/iX operating system's architected interface facility (AIF). The nature of the vulnerability is not disclosed by HP.

Impact:   Users can apparently obtain unauthorized access to databases and gain additional privileges, resulting in a potential denial of service conditions.
Solution:   HP recommends that users apply the applicable patch: For MPE/iX 6.5 release, install MPELXJ3C; for MPE/iX 6.0 release, install MPELXJ3B; for MPE/iX 5.5 release, install MPELXJ3A.

HP indicates that no patches will be generated for releases MPE/iX 4.5 and MPE/iX 5.0.

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  MPE/iX (HP)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

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Digest Name:  daily security bulletins digest
    Created:  Mon Mar 12  3:00:03 PST 2001

Table of Contents:

Document ID      Title
---------------  -----------
HPSBMP0103-011   Sec. Vulnerability in MPE/ix's AIF

The documents are listed below.

Document ID:  HPSBMP0103-011
Date Loaded:  20010311
      Title:  Sec. Vulnerability in MPE/ix's AIF


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:  Security Vulnerability with architected interface facility.

PLATFORM: HP3000 running MPE/iX release 5.5 and newer.

DAMAGE:   Users can obtain unauthorized access to databases and can
          gain additional privileges, compromising system availability.

SOLUTION: Apply the applicable patch:

         For MPE/iX 6.5 release, install MPELXJ3C,
             MPE/iX 6.0 release, install MPELXJ3B,
             MPE/iX 5.5 release, install MPELXJ3A.

AVAILABILITY: The patches are available now.
   A. Background
      Hewlett-Packard Company has learned of a procedure by which
      a user can get unauthorized access to user accounts and
      databases using architected interface facility (AIF - AIFCHANGELOGON)
      either directly or indirectly.

   B. Recommended solution
      Apply the appropriate patches to correct the problem:

      For MPE/iX 6.5 release, install MPELXJ3C,
          MPE/iX 6.0 release, install MPELXJ3B,
          MPE/iX 5.5 release, install MPELXJ3A.

      NOTE: Hewlett-Packard Company will not produce any patches for
            releases MPE/iX 4.5 and MPE/iX 5.0.

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-----End of Document ID:  HPSBMP0103-011--------------------------------------


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