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Subject: Filesystem vulnerability in AIX
From: salmeUS.IBM.COM
Date: Tue May 23 2000 - 18:04:18 CDT


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19 May 2000 14:30 GMT Number:
ERS-OAR-E01-2000:087.1
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                           VULNERABILITY SUMMARY

VULNERABILITY: Filesystem vulnerability in AIX

PLATFORMS: IBM AIX(r) versions 3.2.x, 4.1.x, 4.2.x, 4.3.x

SOLUTION: Apply the fixes listed below.

THREAT: Non-privileged local users can gain write access
                  to some files.

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                           DETAILED INFORMATION

I. Description

Local users could gain write access to some files on local or remotely
mounted AIX filesystems, even though the file permissions do not allow
write access. This vulnerability was discovered in the IBM laboratory
during analysis of filesystem behavior and is not exposed during normal
system operation.

II. Impact

A local user could gain write access to some files on local or remotely
mounted AIX filesystems, even though the file permissions do not allow
write access.

III. Solutions

  A. Official fix

      The following fixes can be obtained from the AIX Fix Distribution
      Service at the following URL:

        http://techsupport.services.ibm.com/rs6k/fixes.html

      AIX 3.2.x: APAR IY10111
      AIX 4.1.x: APAR IY10031
      AIX 4.2.x: APAR IY10001
      AIX 4.3.x: APAR IY09941

     In addition, an emergency fix specifically built to install on AIX
     4.3.2 systems is available at the following URL:

     ftp://aix.software.ibm.com/aix/efixes/iy09941

IV. Acknowledgements

Thanks to Pat Barrett and Dave Larson for bringing this problem to our
attention.

V. Obtaining Fixes

IBM AIX APARs may be ordered using Electronic Fix Distribution (via the
FixDist program), or from the IBM Support Center. For more information
on FixDist, and to obtain fixes via the Internet, please reference

   http://techsupport.services.ibm.com/support/rs6000.support/downloads

or send electronic mail to "aixservaustin.ibm.com" with the word
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periodically bundled into a cumulative APAR. For more information on
these cumulative APARs including last update and list of individual
fixes, send electronic mail to "aixservaustin.ibm.com" with the word
"subscribe Security_APARs" in the "Subject:" line.

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