ULTRIX LAT/Telnet Gateway Vulnerability
Original issue date: August 14, 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 LAT/Telnet gateway
software in Digital Equipment Corporation's (DEC) ULTRIX versions 4.1
and 4.2 on all architectures. Information regarding the exploitation
of this vulnerability has been publicly disclosed so we recommend
taking immediate action. Until you are able to apply the patch we
recommend that sites disable the LAT/telnet service.
DEC has made a patch available which consists of new /usr/ucb/telnet
The patch is available through DEC's Customer Support Centers. Sites
within the USA should call 1-800-525-7100. Sites in Europe and elsewhere
should contact DEC through their normal channels.
A vulnerability exists such that ULTRIX 4.1 and 4.2 systems
running the LAT/Telnet gateway software can allow unauthorized
privileged access. Although you may not be running the LAT/Telnet
service at this time, the CERT/CC urges all sites to install
the patch. This will ease any future installation of the
The LAT/Telnet software requires special installation and is
NOT part of the default ULTRIX configuration.
Anyone who can access a terminal or modem connected to
the LAT server running the LAT/Telnet service can gain
unauthorized root privileges.
Obtain the appropriate version of the patch kit for your
system architecture from your DEC Customer Support Center,
and install according to the accompanying instructions.
The CERT/CC would like to thank George Michaelson of The Prentice Centre,
University of Queensland, Australia and John Annen of Davidson College for
bringing this to our attention. We would also like to thank DEC for their
response to this vulnerability and CIAC for their assistance.
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