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Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2005 04:47:51 -0800
Subject: [security bulletin] SSRT051074 Revised - HP-UX Running xterm Local Unauthorized Access

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HPSBUX02075 SSRT051074 Revised - HP-UX Running xterm Local
                                 Unauthorized Access

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

Release Date: 2005-11-11
Last Updated: 2005-11-22

Potential Security Impact: Local unauthorized access

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


A potential security vulnerability has been identified with HP-UX
running xterm.  The vulnerability could be exploited by a local
user to gain unauthorized access.

References: none

SUPPORTED SOFTWARE VERSIONS*: ONLY impacted versions are listed.
HP-UX B.11.00, B.11.11, B.11.23.


To determine if an HP-UX system has an affected version,
search the output of "swlist -a revision -l fileset"
for one of the filesets listed below. For affected systems
verify that the recommended action has been taken.


HP-UX B.11.00
action: remove PHSS_32109 if installed

HP-UX B.11.11
action: remove PHSS_30791 if installed

HP-UX B.11.11
action: remove PHSS_33589 if installed

HP-UX B.11.23
action: remove PHSS_31833 if installed

HP-UX B.11.23
action: remove PHSS_32366 if installed



Until patches are provided to resolve the issue avoid using the
potentially vulnerable versions of /usr/bin/X11/xterm.

One solution is to remove the patches listed in the Background
section (above).  The patches listed are the only patches
containing the potentially vulnerable xterm.

An alternative to removing the patches is to use

For example:

cp /usr/bin/X11/xterm /usr/bin/X11/xterm.nosuid
chmod 555 /usr/bin/X11/xterm.nosuid
cp /usr/contrib/bin/X11R5/xterm /usr/bin/X11/xterm

 ->Preliminary xterm Binary Files

 ->Preliminary xterm binary files are available to resolve the
 ->issue.  These binary files are X11R6 replacements for the
 ->potentially vulnerable versions of xterm, and they contain the
 ->same defect fixes.

 ->Customers who do not require the latest xterm may prefer to
 ->remove the patches listed above instead. Manual action is
 ->required to install the preliminary binary xterm files.

 ->To install the preliminary xterm download README.txt and the
 ->appropriate xterm file via ftp from
 ->The ftp account is 'xterm', and the password is 'xterm'.

 ->Brower ftp access:

 ->README.txt contains instructions for installing the
 ->preliminary files.
 ->766557324 1630 README.txt
 ->md5 sum:
 ->960cc500dcf9d4c2c72464822bc79c18 README.txt

Remove the patches listed in the Background section,
use /usr/contrib/bin/X11R5/xterm,
- ->or install the preliminary xterm files.


HP-UX Security Patch Check: Security Patch Check revision B.02.00
analyzes all HP-issued Security Bulletins to provide a subset of
recommended actions that potentially affect a specific HP-UX
system. For more information:

Initial release: 13 November 2005
Update 1: 22 November 2005 Preliminary xterm files are available.

Support: For further information, contact normal HP Services
support channel.

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* The Software Product Category that this Security Bulletin
relates to is represented by the 5th and 6th characters of the
Bulletin number in the title:

    GN = HP General SW,
    MA = HP Management Agents,
    MI = Misc. 3rd party SW,
    MP = HP MPE/iX,
    NS = HP NonStop Servers,
    OV = HP OpenVMS,
    PI = HP Printing & Imaging,
    ST = HP Storage SW,
    TL = HP Trusted Linux,
    TU = HP Tru64 UNIX,
    UX = HP-UX,
    VV = HP Virtual Vault

System management and security procedures must be reviewed
frequently to maintain system integrity. HP is continually
reviewing and enhancing the security features of software products
to provide customers with current secure solutions.

"HP is broadly distributing this Security Bulletin in order to
bring to the attention of users of the affected HP products the
important security information contained in this Bulletin. HP
recommends that all users determine the applicability of this
information to their individual situations and take appropriate
action. HP does not warrant that this information is necessarily
accurate or complete for all user situations and, consequently, HP
will not be responsible for any damages resulting from user's use
or disregard of the information provided in this Bulletin. To the
extent permitted by law, HP disclaims all warranties, either
express or implied, including the warranties of merchantability
and fitness for a particular purpose, title and non-infringement."

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or consequential damages including downtime cost; lost profits;
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