CERT® Advisory CA-1999-10 Insecure Default Configuration on RaQ2 ServersOriginal issue date: July 30, 1999
Last revised: July 25, 2001
See also: Cobalt Networks Security Announcement
A complete revision history is at the end of this file.
A vulnerability has been discovered in the default configuration of Cobalt Networks RaQ2 servers that allows remote users to install arbitrary software packages to the system. RaQ2 servers are configured with an administrative webserver to process remote requests to manage the unit. Systems installed with the default configuration have insufficient access control mechanisms to prevent remote users from adding arbitrary software packages to the system using this webserver.
A document published by Cobalt Networks describes the vulnerability and solutions in more detail:
Any remote user who can establish a connection to an administrative port on a vulnerable RaQ2 server can install arbitrary software packages on the server. This access can then be used to gain root privileges on the system.
Configure your Systems to Guard Against this Vulnerability
Install the patches provided by Cobalt Networks:
The CERT/CC wishes to thank Cobalt Networks for their assistance in developing this advisory.
This document is available from: http://www.cert.org/advisories/CA-1999-10.html
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Copyright 1999 Carnegie Mellon University.
Jul 30, 1999: Initial release Aug 8, 1999: Updated link to Cobalt Networks announcement Jul 25, 2001: Fixed typo in title