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Sun Microsystems, Inc. Security Bulletin
Bulletin Number: #00160
Date: December 3, 1997
Cross-Ref: CERT CA-97.18
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1. Bulletins Topics
Sun announces the release of patches for Solaris 2.5.1, 2.5, 2.4, and
2.3 (SunOS 5.5.1, 5.5, 5.4, and 5.3) which relate to a vulnerability
in the at program.
Sun strongly recommends that you install the patches listed in section 4
immediately on systems running SunOS 5.5.1, 5.5, 5.4, and 5.3.
Exploit information for this vulnerability is publicly available.
2. Who is Affected
Vulnerable: SunOS versions 5.5.1, 5.5.1_x86, 5.5, 5.5_x86,
5.4, 5.4_x86, 5.3
Not vulnerable: All other supported versions of SunOS.
3. Understanding the Vulnerability
The at program allows users to schedule commands to be executed at a
later time. Due to insufficient bounds checking on arguments supplied to
the at program, it is possible to overwrite the internal stack space of
the at program. As the at program is setuid root, this vulnerability may
be exploited to gain root access.
4. List of Patches
The following patches are available in relation to the above problem.
OS version Patch ID
SunOS 5.5.1 103690-05
SunOS 5.5.1_x86 103691-05
SunOS 5.5 103723-05
SunOS 5.5_x86 103724-05
SunOS 5.4 102693-05
SunOS 5.4_x86 102694-05
SunOS 5.3 101572-08
Sun acknowledges with thanks CERT/CC for their assistance in this matter.
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