CERT® Advisory CA-1991-23 Hewlett Packard/Apollo Domain/OS crp VulnerabilityOriginal issue date: December 18,1991
Last revised: September 18, 1997
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The Computer Emergency Response Team/Coordination Center (CERT/CC) has received information concerning a vulnerability in the crp facility in Hewlett Packard/Apollo Domain/OS. This vulnerability is present on all HP/Apollo Domain/OS SR10 systems up through SR10.3. Patches that address this problem will be available in the SR10.3 patch tape (~Feb 92) and in the SR10.4 software release. Contact your local sales office for more information.
I. DescriptionThere is a security problem with the /usr/apollo/bin/crp facility. A user who is not running crp is not vulnerable to this problem.
II. ImpactA person at a remote or local site can obtain the privileges of the user who is running crp.
III. WorkaroundThe suggested workaround is to disable two system calls that are made by /usr/apollo/bin/crp. The following steps should be executed by root or another appropriate userid that has the privilege to write in the directories involved.
NOTE: This workaround will prevent crp from making use of the two system calls; and therefore, it may affect the functionality of various software programs since they will be unable to define programmable function keys, create new windows on the client node, or execute background processes using the Display Manager interface.
The CERT/CC wishes to thank Paul Szabo of the University of Sydney for bringing this problem to our attention and providing a workaround. We would also like to thank Jim Richardson of the University of Sydney for his assistance and Hewlett Packard/Apollo for their timely response to the report of this vulnerability.
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