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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Pkginfo (UnixWare packaging tools) Vendors:   Caldera/SCO
SCO UnixWare Packaging Tools Let Local Users Display /etc/shadow Password File Contents
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1001890
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   GENERIC-MAP-NOMATCH   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Jul 2 2001
Impact:   Disclosure of authentication information
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): UnixWare 7
Description:   SCO reported that their packaging tools contain a vulnerability that allows local users to display the contents of the shadow password file.

The packaging tools can be used by local users to display the contents of /etc/shadow. The method for triggering the vulnerability was not disclosed.

Affected programs include:


A similar vulnerability was reported in December 1999 and apparently patched soon after.

Impact:   A local user can display the contents of the /etc/shadow password file.
Solution:   Fixed binaries are available at:
Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  UNIX (Open UNIX-SCO)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  Security Update: [CSSA-2001-SCO.5] UnixWare: packaging tool exploits

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	    Caldera International, Inc. Security Advisory

Subject:		UnixWare: packaging tool exploits
Advisory number: 	CSSA-2001-SCO.5
Issue date: 		2001 June 29
Cross reference:

1. Problem Description

	The packaging tools can be exploited to print /etc/shadow,
	leading to a probable root compromise.

2. Vulnerable Versions

	Operating System	Version		Affected Files
	UnixWare 7		All		/usr/bin/pkginfo

3. Workaround


4. UnixWare 7

  4.1 Location of Fixed Binaries

  4.2 Verification

	md5 checksums:
	5d75084d724882c4baad12a255c00776	erg711743.Z

	md5 is available for download from

  4.3 Installing Fixed Binaries

	Upgrade the affected binaries with the following commands:

	# uncompress /tmp/erg711713a.Z
	# pkgadd -d /tmp/erg711713a

5. References

6. Disclaimer

	Caldera International, Inc. is not responsible for the misuse
	of any of the information we provide on our website and/or
	through our security advisories. Our advisories are a service
	to our customers intended to promote secure installation and
	use of Caldera International, Inc. products.


	Caldera International wishes to thank Brock Tellier
	( for his analysis and help concerning this

	In addition, an acknowledgement to Mr. Tellier was
	inadvertently omitted from advisory [CSSA-2001-SCO.1].

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