SSRT2370 Sec. Vulnerability with ntpd on HP-UX

SSRT2370 Sec. Vulnerability with ntpd on HP-UX

Post by Security Ale » Thu, 12 Dec 2002 23:18:14



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Note: The bulletin id should be HPSBUX0212-232.  This will
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 Source: HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY
 SECURITY BULLETIN: HPSBUX0212-233
 Originally issued: 10 Dec 2002
 SSRT2370 Sec. Vulnerability with ntpd on HP-UX
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The information in the following Security Bulletin should be
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PROBLEM:  xntpd software may HANG or exhibit extremely poor
          performance.

IMPACT:   Potential denial of service (DoS).

PLATFORM: HP 9000 Series 700 and 800 running HP-UX releases 10.20,
          10.24, 11.00, 11.04 and 11.11 using the xntpd software.

SOLUTION: Retrieve and apply the following patches:

          for HP-UX 10.20:          PHNE_24510
          for HP-UX 10.24(VVOS):    PHNE_28002
          for HP-UX 11.00:          PHNE_27223
          for HP-UX 11.04(VVOS):    PHNE_27442
          for HP-UX 11.11:          PHNE_24512

MANUAL ACTIONS: No

AVAILABILITY:  All patches are currently available from
<itrc.hp.com>.
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 A. Background
    Some HP-UX systems running the latest xntpd software may HANG
    or exhibit extremely poor performance.

 B. Recommended solution
    HP has made available a patch to upgrade NTP timeservices.
    Retrieve and apply the following patches to affected systems.
          for HP-UX 10.20:          PHNE_24510
                    10.24(VVOS):    PHNE_28002
                    11.00:          PHNE_27223
                    11.04(VVOS):    PHNE_27442
                    11.11:          PHNE_24512

    The patches do not require a reboot.  The problem is fixed in
    HP-UX release 11.22.    

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    to the current Security Patch Matrix. Updated daily, this
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    automates the process of reviewing the patch matrix for
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    For information on the Security Patch Check tool, see:
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    displayProductInfo.pl?productNumber=B6834AA

    The security patch matrix is also available via anonymous
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    On the "Support Information Digest Main" page:
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Yours truly,
HP S/W Security Team
WTEC Cupertino, California