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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Common Desktop Environment Vendors:   HPE
HP-UX Common Desktop Environment Allows Local Users to Increase Privileges or Cause Denial of Service Conditions
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1001595
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   GENERIC-MAP-NOMATCH   (Links to External Site)
Date:  May 23 2001
Impact:   Denial of service via local system, User access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): HP9000 Series 700/800 running HP-UX releases 10.10, 10.20, 10.24, 11.00, 11.04 and 11.11
Description:   HP reported several vulnerabilities in their Common Desktop Environment (CDE) application for HP-UX that may allow a local user to increase privileges or cause denial of service conditions.

The problem is reportedly due to a buffer overflow in CDE for HP-UX. No other details were provided by HP.

Impact:   A local user may be able to cause arbitrary code to be executed on the host, resulting in an increase in privileges or denial of service.
Solution:   HP has released a fix. See the Source Message for the HP security bulletin.
Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  UNIX (HP/UX)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  security bulletins digest

                        HP Support Information Digests

o  IT Resource Center World Wide Web Service

   If you subscribed through the IT Resource Center and would
   like to be REMOVED from this mailing list, access the
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   Then select Support Information Digests (located under
   Maintenance and Support).  You may then unsubscribe from the
   appropriate digest.

Digest Name:  daily security bulletins digest
    Created:  Wed May 23  3:00:02 PDT 2001

Table of Contents:

Document ID      Title
---------------  -----------
HPSBUX0105-151   Security Vulnerabilities in CDE on HP-UX

The documents are listed below.

Document ID:  HPSBUX0105-151
Date Loaded:  20010522
      Title:  Security Vulnerabilities in CDE on HP-UX


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:   Buffer overflows and other vulnerabilities in CDE for HP-UX.

PLATFORM:  HP9000 Series 700/800 running HP-UX releases 10.10, 10.20,
           10.24, 11.00, 11.04 and 11.11.

DAMAGE:    Possible increase in privilege, denial of service.

SOLUTION:  Install the appropriate patch for the HP-UX release:

           10.10:               PHSS_23355,
           10.20:               PHSS_23796,
           10.24:               PHSS_24097,
           11.00:               PHSS_23797,
           11.04:               PHSS_24098,
           11.11:               PHSS_24087 and PHSS_24091.

AVAILABILITY:  The patches are available now.
   A. Background
      Vulnerabilities have been found in several CDE modules.

   B. Fixing the problem
      Apply the appropriate patches as listed above.  Because of the
      way that CDE is packaged on 11.11 two patches are required for
      that revision.  Note patch dependencies.

   C. To subscribe to automatically receive future NEW HP Security
      Bulletins from the HP IT Resource Center via electronic mail,
      do the following:

      Use your browser to get to the HP IT Resource Center page

      Under the Maintenance and Support Menu (Electronic Support Center):
      click on the "more..." link.  Then -

      Use the 'Login' tab at the left side of the screen to login
      using your ID and password.  Check with your system
      administrator to see if you have an existing login or use
      the "Register" button at the left to create a login.  You
      will need to login in order to gain access to many areas of
      the ITRC. Remember to save the User ID assigned to you, and
      your password.

      Under the "Notifications" section (near the bottom of
      the page), select "Support Information Digests".

      To -subscribe- to future HP Security Bulletins or other
      Technical Digests, click the check box (in the left column)
      for the appropriate digest and then click the "Update
      Subscriptions" button at the bottom of the page.


      To -review- bulletins already released, select the link
      (in the middle column) for the appropriate digest.

      To -gain access- to the Security Patch Matrix, select
      the link for "The Security Bulletins Archive".  (near the
      bottom of the page)  Once in the archive the third link is
      to the current Security Patch Matrix. Updated daily, this
      matrix categorizes security patches by platform/OS release,
      and by bulletin topic.  Security Patch Check completely
      automates the process of reviewing the patch matrix for
      11.XX systems.

      For information on the Security Patch Check tool, see:


      The security patch matrix is also available via anonymous ftp:

      On the "Support Information Digest Main" page:
      click on the "HP Security Bulletin Archive".

   D. To report new security vulnerabilities, send email to

      Please encrypt any exploit information using the security-alert
      PGP key, available from your local key server, or by sending a
      message with a -subject- (not body) of 'get key' (no quotes) to

      Permission is granted for copying and circulating this Bulletin to
      Hewlett-Packard (HP) customers (or the Internet community) for the
      purpose of alerting them to problems, if and only if, the Bulletin
      is not edited or changed in any way, is attributed to HP, and
      provided such reproduction and/or distribution is performed for
      non-commercial purposes.

      Any other use of this information is prohibited. HP is not liable
      for any misuse of this information by any third party.
-----End of Document ID:  HPSBUX0105-151--------------------------------------


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