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HP-UX Aries PA-RISC Emulator Bug Lets Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1018925
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2007-5946   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Feb 17 2008
Original Entry Date:  Nov 8 2007
Impact:   User access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): B.11.23 (IA), and B.11.31
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in HP-UX, affecting IA-64 platforms. A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.

A local user can exploit an unspecified flaw in the Aries PA emulator to gain elevated privileges on the target system.

Impact:   A local user can obtain elevated privileges on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued patches, available at:

HP-UX B.11.23 (IA)
PHSS_35528 or subsequent

HP-UX B.11.31
PHSS_36311 or subsequent

The HP advisory is available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Not specified

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  [security bulletin] HPSBUX02285 SSRT071484 rev.1 - HP-UX Running Aries PA Emulator, Local Unauthorized Access

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Document ID: c01241483
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HPSBUX02285 SSRT071484 rev.1 - HP-UX Running Aries PA Emulator, Local Unauthorized Access

NOTICE: The information in this Security Bulletin should be acted upon as soon as possible.

Release Date: 2007-10-31
Last Updated: 2007-10-31

Potential Security Impact: Local unauthorized access 

Source: Hewlett-Packard Company, HP Software Security Response Team

A potential security vulnerability has been identified in the Aries PA-RISC emulation software running on HP-UX IA-64 platforms only.
 This vulnerability may allow local unauthorized access. 

References: none 

SUPPORTED SOFTWARE VERSIONS*: ONLY impacted versions are listed.
HP-UX B.11.23 (IA), and B.11.31 running all versions of Aries PA-RISC emulation software. 


To determine if a system has an affected version, search the output of "swlist -a revision -l fileset" for an affected fileset. Then
 determine if a fixed revision or applicable patch is installed. 


HP-UX B.11.23 
action: install PHSS_35528 or subsequent 

HP-UX B.11.31 
action: install PHSS_36311 or subsequent 


HP is providing the following patches to resolve the vulnerability. 
The updates are available from: 

HP-UX B.11.23 (IA)
 PHSS_35528 or subsequent
HP-UX B.11.31 
 PHSS_36311 or subsequent



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Version: 1 (rev.1) 31 October 2007 Initial release 

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