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HP-UX Buffer Overflow in VRTSweb Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1023318
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2009-3027   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Dec 10 2009
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 11.23, 11.31 (VRTSweb 5.0)
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in HP-UX VRTSweb. A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.

A remote user can send specially crafted data to the VRTSweb component on port 14300 to trigger an input validation flaw and execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with administrative privileges.

An anonymous reported this vulnerability via TippingPoint.

Impact:   A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued patches, available at:

B.11.23 (IA and PA), VRTSweb prior to v5.0: PHCO_40518 or subsequent

B.11.31, VRTSweb prior to v5.0: PHCO_40519 or subsequent

B.11.31, VRTSweb prior to v5.0.1: PHCO_40520 or subsequent

The vendor's advisory is available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Input validation error

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  [security bulletin] HPSBUX02480 SSRT090253 rev.1 - HP-UX Running VRTSweb, Remote Execution of Arbitrary Code, Increase of Privilege

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Document ID: c01943614
Version: 1

HPSBUX02480 SSRT090253 rev.1 - HP-UX Running VRTSweb, Remote Execution of Arbitrary Code, Increase of Privilege

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

Release Date: 2009-12-09
Last Updated: 2009-12-08

Potential Security Impact: Remote execution of arbitrary code, increase of privilege

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

A potential security vulnerability has been identified with HP-UX running VRTSweb version 5.0. The vulnerability could be exploited remotely to execute arbitrary code or increase privilege.

References: CVE-2009-3027

SUPPORTED SOFTWARE VERSIONS*: ONLY impacted versions are listed.
HP-UX B.11.23 running VRTSweb prior to v5.0
HP-UX B.11.31 running VRTSweb prior to v5.0
HP-UX B.11.31 running VRTSweb prior to v5.0.1


CVSS 2.0 Base Metrics
  Reference              Base Vector             Base Score
CVE-2009-3027    (AV:A/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)       7.9
             Information on CVSS is documented
            in HP Customer Notice: HPSN-2008-002


HP has provided the following patches to resolve this vulnerability.
The patches are available from the following location:


HP-UX Release
 Patch ID

B.11.23 (IA and PA)
 VRTSweb prior to v5.0
 PHCO_40518 or subsequent

 VRTSweb prior to v5.0
 PHCO_40519 or subsequent

 VRTSweb prior to v5.0.1
 PHCO_40520 or subsequent



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The following text is for use by the HP-UX Software Assistant.


HP-UX B.11.23
action: install PHCO_40518 or subsequent

HP-UX B.11.31
action: install PHCO_40519 or subsequent

HP-UX B.11.31
action: install PHCO_40520 or subsequent


Version:1 (rev.1) 9 December 2009 Initial release

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