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Category:   Application (File Transfer/Sharing)  >   FTP (Generic) Vendors:   HPE
HP MPE/iX FTP Server May Disclose Files on the System to Remote Users
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1006431
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   GENERIC-MAP-NOMATCH   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Apr 1 2003
Impact:   Disclosure of system information, Disclosure of user information
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  

Description:   A vulnerability was reported in the HP MPE/iX FTP server. A remote user could gain unauthorized access to data.

HP reported that a remote user could perform certain unauthorized file operations. The flaw was introduced in 1996, according to HP. No further details were provided.

Impact:   A remote user could obtain files on the server.
Solution:   The vendor has released a fix:

FTPGDY7 for 6.5
FTPGDY8 for 7.0
FTPGDY9 for 7.5

HP has described the following workaround options for older non-supported releases:

1) Remove the ftp entry in the '' to disable FTP access.

2) Terminate the JINETD job and discontinue using FTP/iX

3) Upgrade to a supported version of the operating system and then install the security patch.

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  MPE/iX (HP)
Underlying OS Comments:  HP3000 running MPE/iX 5.5, 6.X or 7.X.

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  MPE/iX security bulletins digest

Document ID:  HPSBMP0303-016
Date Loaded:  20030331
      Title:  SSRT3525 Security Vulnerability in MPE/iX ftp

Hash: SHA1

 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.

 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

    Use the 'Login' tab at the left side of the screen to login
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    In the left most frame select "Maintenance and Support".

    Under the "Notifications" section (near the bottom of
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    To -subscribe- to future HP Security Bulletins or other
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    implement a security bulletin _only_ if the MANUAL ACTIONS
    field specifies "No."

    The security patch matrix is also available via anonymous

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

    The PGP key used to sign this bulletin is available from
    several PGP Public Key servers.  The key identification
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       HP Security Response Team (Security Bulletin signing only)
       Fingerprint =
         6002 6019 BFC1 BC62 F079 862E E01F 3AFC 2D2A 7D59

    If you have problems locating the key please write to  Please note that this key is
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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
in this document is subject to change without notice.
Hewlett-Packard Company and the names of HP products referenced
herein are trademarks and/or service marks of Hewlett-Packard
Company.  Other product and company names mentioned herein may be
trademarks and/or service marks of their respective owners.


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