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From: Arrigo Triulzi (arrigonorthsea.sevenseas.org)
Date: Fri Jun 14 2002 - 12:28:03 CDT
The following just came out of Compaq. It is worth reading because
people might not realise that Insight Manager installations at their
site might actually include MS/SQL code.
Note that the signed message below is from Compaq (unedited).
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(SSRT2195) Compaq Insight Manager & Potential SQL Server
/MSDE Security Vulnerability
NOTICE: There are no restrictions for distribution of this Bulletin
provided that it remains complete and intact.
RELEASE DATE: June 2002
Compaq Computer Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Hewlett-Packard Company and Hewlett-Packard Company HP Services
Software Security Response Team
CROSS REFERENCE: (CERT Incident Note IN-2002-04)
Broad-based attacks on Microsoft's SQL Server sites have been
recently discovered by many security research groups and reported
in an incident note by CERT/CC . It first became apparent when it
was observed that there was a sudden increase in hosts scanning
for port 1433, the port commonly used by Microsoft's SQL Server.
This bulletin is in follow-up to the previous announcements that
describe this potential threat. The malicious code propagates via
an account "SA" that was set up, by the MSDE/SQL Server installation
program, with no default password. The capability to use MSDE
(free, scaled down version of Microsoft SQL Server) was included
on the Compaq Management CD beginning with the release of
Compaq Insight Manager XE 1.1, but is not installed as part of the
Compaq Insight Manager installation program. The MSDE installation
program is included (as a batch file) on all subsequent Compaq
Management CD's and must be installed manually. Although the Compaq
Insight Manager installation recommends that the "sa" account be
set upon installation, default installations of MSDE from the
Compaq Management CD (or the Insight Manager 7 softpaq's) are not
properly secured without manual intervention.
Compaq Insight Manager XE (Version 1.1 and later)
Compaq Insight Manager 7 (all versions)
RESOLUTION: Note: If during current installations of Insight Manager
the MSDE "SA" account password has been changed from the
no password default, the impact of this potential threat
has been diminished. The process to change or check for
the default no password "SA" account for MSDE is:
o Log into Insight Manager 7 as an administrator (prior to
changing in MSDE ), click on Settings>Server>Database,
change the "SA" password to your new password for the database.
A typical secure password for the database account should be greater
than six characters and contain alpha and numeric characters.
o Stop the Insight Manager 7 service Open a command window and
navigate to the MSSQL7 directory
o Type osql -Usa -P (this will log you on with the blank
password provided the default password was not changed
o Type sp_password old="", new= <choose-a-new-password-here>,
loginame = sa (Note: no space between the double quotes)
o Type go
o You will get a "Password changed." Message
o Type exit
o Restart the Insight Manager 7 service. It should login and
run with the new password. Note: If the password was not
changed successfully, then the Insight Manager 7 service
will stop. At this time, call Compaq Customer Support in
to resolve the situation.
SUPPORT: For further information, contact HP Services.
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HP and Compaq appreciates your cooperation and patience.
As always, HP and Compaq urges you to periodically review
your system management and security procedures. HP and
Compaq will continue to review and enhance the security
features of its products and work with our customers
to maintain and improve the security and integrity of their
"HP and Compaq are broadly distributing this Security Bulletin
in order to bring to the attention of users of the affected
Compaq products the important security information contained
in this Bulletin. HP and Compaq recommend that all users
determine the applicability of this information to
their individual situations and take appropriate action.
Neither HP nor Compaq warrant that this information is
necessarily accurate or complete for all user situations and,
consequently, neither HP nor Compaq will be responsible for
any damages resulting from user's use or disregard of the
information provided in this Bulletin."
Copyright 2002 Compaq Information Technologies Group, L.P.
Compaq shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or
omissions contained herein. The information in this document is
subject to change without notice. Compaq and the names of Compaq
products referenced herein are trademarks of Compaq Information
Technologies Group, L.P. in the United States and other countries.
Other product and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks
of their respective owners.
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-- Arrigo Triulzi <arrigonorthsea.sevenseas.org> "Down with the topmast! yare! lower, lower! Bring her to try with main-course." -- W. Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act I, Scene 1