SSRT3534 Potential Security Vulnerabilities in Apache HTTP Server

SSRT3534 Potential Security Vulnerabilities in Apache HTTP Server

Post by Security Ale » Thu, 01 May 2003 22:39:07

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Originally issued: 25 April 2003
SSRT3534 Potential Security Vulnerabilities in Apache HTTP Server
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PROBLEM: 1. A memory leak in Apache 2.0 through 2.0.44 potentially
            allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service
            (memory consumption).

            More details are available at:

         2. Apache httpd fails to close access and error logs when
            it forks and execs cgi scripts.  This fix depends on
            the APR library release 0.9.2 or later.

            More details are available at:
   <>  BUG #17206

IMPACT:   Potential information leak and Denial of Service

PLATFORM: HP9000 Servers running HP-UX release 11.00, 11.11, and
          11.22 with versions of the following products are
          affected, and represented as:
               product-name, version (product-tag/bundle-tag)

        - hp apache-based web server, or earlier
          (HPApache/B9416AA, HPApache/B9416BA)
          This product includes Apache 2.0.43.

        - hp-ux apache-based web server, v. or earlier
          This product includes Apache 2.0.43.

SOLUTION: For HP-UX releases 11.00, 11.11 and 11.22 download new
          HP Apache product from <>:

          For HPApache/B9416AA, HPApache/B9416BA and
              hpuxwsAPACHE/hpuxwsApache download the following:
          - hp-ux apache-based web server, v. or later
            This product includes Apache 2.0.45.

  NOTE: No IPv6 solution is available at this time.  This Security
        Bulletin will be updated when such becomes available.

                Install the product containing the fix.
                For customers with HPApache/B9416AA or
                HPApache/B9416BA installed, the fix requires
                migration to hpuxwsAPACHE/hpuxwsApache and
                removing the affected products from the system.

AVAILABILITY: Complete product bundles are available now on

A. Background
   The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project
  <> has identified potential vulnerabilities
   in the Apache HTTP Server (CAN-2003-0132).  These affect the
   following HP product numbers/versions on HP-UX releases 11.00,
   11.11 and 11.22:

   - hp apache-based web server, or earlier
     (HPApache/B9416AA, HPApache/B9416BA)

   - hp-ux apache-based web server, v. or earlier

B. Recommended solution
   The Apache Software Foundation has released Apache 2.0.45 as
   the best known version that fixes the problems identified in
   the above mentioned issues.

   For customers using HPApache/B9416AA, HPApache/B9416BA and
   hpuxwsAPACHE/hpuxwsApache, HP has incorporated Apache 2.0.45
   in the following product:
   - hp-ux apache-based web server v. or later

   NOTE: No IPv6 solution is available at this time.  This
         Security Bulletin will be updated when such becomes

   Check for Apache Installation
   To determine if the Apache web server from HP is installed on
   your system, use Software Distributor's swlist command.  All
   three versions products may co-exist on a single system.

   For example, the results of the command
     swlist -l product | grep -i apache

     HPApache  HP Apache-based Web Server
     hpuxwsAPACHE  A.   HP-UX Apache-based Web Server

   Stop Apache
   Before updating, make sure to stop any previous Apache binary.
   Otherwise, the previous binary will continue running,
   preventing the new one from starting, although the
   installation would be successful.

   After determining which Apache is installed, stop Apache with
   the following commands:

     for HPApache:        /opt/hpapache2/bin/apachectl stop
     for hpuxwsAPACHE:    /opt/hpws/apache/bin/apachectl stop

   Download and Install Apache
   - Download Apache from Software Depot using the previously
     mentioned links.
   - Verify successful download by comparing the cksum with the
     value specified on the installation web page.
   - Use SD to swinstall the depot.
   - For customers with HPApache/B9416AA or HPApache/B9416BA
     installed, migrate to hpuxwsAPACHE/hpuxwsApache and
     remove the affected products from the system.

   Installation of this new version of HP Apache over an existing
   HP Apache installation is supported, while installation over
   a non-HP Apache is NOT supported.

   Removing Apache Installation
   If you rather remove Apache from your system than install a
   newer version to resolve the security problem, use both
   Software Distributor's "swremove" command and also "rm -rf"
   the home location as specified in the rc.config.d file "HOME"

   To find the files containing HOME variables in the
   /etc/rc.config.d directory:

     %ls /etc/rc.config.d | grep apache

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