Sec. Vulnerability in OV OmniBack

Sec. Vulnerability in OV OmniBack

Post by Security Ale » Sat, 03 Mar 2001 06:29:00



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   HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY SECURITY BULLETIN: #0142, 28 Feb. '01
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ISSUE:  Security vulnerability with HP OpenView OmniBack Clients,
        where unauthorized remote users can start a shell as System
        Administrator.

PLATFORM: Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, and HP-UX Systems running
          OmniBack Version 3.00 or later.

DAMAGE:   Full System access for unauthorized remote users.

SOLUTION: Enable OmniBack security features and apply appropriate
          patches as follows:
          PHSS_22914     - OmniBack version 3.50 on HP-UX 10.X
          PHSS_22915     - OmniBack version 3.50 on HP-UX 11.X

          PHSS_23095     - OmniBack version 3.10 on HP-UX 10.X
          PHSS_23096     - OmniBack version 3.10 on HP-UX 11.X

          PHSS_23103     - OmniBack version 3.00 on HP-UX 10.X
          PHSS_23104     - OmniBack version 3.00 on HP-UX 11.X

          For Windows NT/2000 based Omniback apply:
          OmniBack_00017 - OmniBack version 3.50 on Win NT/2000

AVAILABILITY: The patches are currently available.

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I.
    A. Background
       In HP OpenView OmniBack's communication between clients and
       the Cell Manager, the following patches implement a more
       appropriate security precaution code.

    B. Fixing the problem
       Enable the OmniBack security features as described in the
       Administrator's Guide for version 3.10, Chapter 11, in Section
       'Adding Security for Client Access'.
       For version 3.50 this is described in the 'Installation and
       Licensing Guide', Chapter 3, Section 'Security Considerations'.

       To fully eliminate the problem, install the respective patch
       on the OmniBack Cell Manager system and on the Installation
       Server, then distribute the patched binaries to the OmniBack
       clients using the Client Upgrade action in the OmniBack
       Manager GUI.

       The NT/2000 patch which follows can be obtained at the
       following site:
          http://ovweb.external.hp.com/cpe/patches

          OmniBack_00017 - OmniBack version 3.50 on Win NT/2000

       while the following HP-UX patches can be obtained from
          http://itrc.hp.com

        PHSS_22914     - OmniBack version 3.50 on HP-UX 10.x
        PHSS_22915     - OmniBack version 3.50 on HP-UX 11.x

        PHSS_23095     - OmniBack version 3.10 on HP-UX 10.x
        PHSS_23096     - OmniBack version 3.10 on HP-UX 11.x

        PHSS_23103     - OmniBack version 3.00 on HP-UX 10.x
        PHSS_23104     - OmniBack version 3.00 on HP-UX 11.x

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       Bulletins from the HP IT Resource Center via electronic mail,
       do the following:

       Use your browser to get to the HP IT Resource Center page
       at:

        http://itrc.hp.com

       Under the Maintenance and Support Menu (Electronic Support
       Center):  click on the "more..." link.  Then -

       Use the 'Login' tab at the left side of the screen to login
       using your ID and password.  Check with your system
       administrator to see if you have an existing login or use
       the "Register" button at the left to create a login.  You
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       or

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       The security patch matrix is also available via anonymous ftp:

       ftp.itrc.hp.com
       ~ftp/export/patches/hp-ux_patch_matrix"

       On the "Support Information Digest Main" page:
       click on the "HP Security Bulletin Archive".

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