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From: Boren, Rich (SSRT) (Rich.BorenCOMPAQ.com)
Date: Tue Oct 30 2001 - 15:21:52 CST
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TITLE: (SSRT0738) OpenVMS Security Mandatory Update, OVMSMUP03
SOURCE: Compaq Computer Corporation
Software Security Response Team
COMPONENT IMPACT: DECwindows Motif Server
October 30, 2001
"Compaq is broadly distributing this Security Advisory to
notify all users of Compaq products of the important security
information contained in this Advisory. Compaq recommends that
all users determine the applicability of this information to
their individual situations and take appropriate action. Compaq
does not warrant that this information is necessarily accurate or
complete for all user situations and, consequently, Compaq
will not be responsible for any damages resulting from user's use
or disregard of the information provided in this Advisory."
This fix was implemented in response to a recent report of a
problem where systems running OpenVMS Alpha, OpenVMS VAX,
SEVMS VAX or SEVMS Alpha with the DECwindows Motif Server
installed have a potential security vulnerability.
This vulnerability could be exploited to allow existing users
unauthorized access to data and system resources.
o OpenVMS Alpha Version 6.2 and all associated hardware
releases (for example, Version 6.2-1H1)
o OpenVMS Alpha Version 7.1-2
o OpenVMS Alpha Version 7.2-1H1
o OpenVMS Alpha Version 7.2-2
o OpenVMS Alpha Version 7.3
o OpenVMS VAX Version 6.2
o OpenVMS VAX Version 7.1
o OpenVMS VAX Version 7.2
o OpenVMS VAX Version 7.3
o SEVMS Alpha Version 6.2
o SEVMS VAX Version 6.2
OpenVMS VAX Version 5.5-2 is not subject to this potential
This potential security problem has been resolved and
patches for this problem have been made available for the
affected versions listed above.
NOTE: This is a mandatory update for the affected OpenVMS
VAX and Alpha environments with the DECwindows Motif Server
Installation of the DECwindows Motif Server is optional
during the installation of the OpenVMS Operating System. You can
verify whether or not the DECwindows Motif Server has been
installed on your system using the following command:
$ DIRECTORY SYS$LIBRARY:DECW$*.EXE
If no DECW$*.EXE files are present on your system, the
DECwindows Motif Server is not installed on your system and
you do not need to apply this mandatory update.
********** IMPORTANT **********
If the DECwindows Motif Server is not installed on your
system you do NOT need to apply this mandatory update.
A CD-ROM containing the patches has been automatically
shipped to VAX and Alpha customers with update services.
In addition, the patches are available from the World Wide
Web at the following address:
PATCH FILE NAMES:
For WEB Site kits: Use the FTP access option, select VMS
then either the VAX or AXP directory, then choose the appropriate
version directory and download the patch as identified in
the applicable .HTML file accordingly.
Note: Please review the README file(s) for each patch prior
Non-service customers who can not access the WEB Site kits,
should contact their local Compaq Sales Office to order a
CD-ROM containing the patches. The part number for the CD-ROM
is QA-MT3AA-T8. There will be a charge for shipping and
After completing the update, Compaq strongly recommends that
you perform an immediate backup of your system disk so that
any subsequent restore operations begin with updated
software. Otherwise, you must reapply the update after a future
restore operation. Also, if at some future time you upgrade your
system to one of the versions of OpenVMS or SEVMS listed, you must
reapply the update.
If you need further information, please contact your normal
Compaq Service support channel.
Compaq appreciates your cooperation and patience. We regret
any inconvenience applying this information may cause. As
always, Compaq urges you to periodically review your system
management and security procedures. Compaq will continue to
review and enhance the security features of its products and
work with customers to maintain and improve the security
and integrity of their systems.
Copyright 2001 Compaq Computer Corporation. All rights reserved.
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