HPSBUX02102 SSRT051078 rev.4 - HP-UX usermod(1M) Local Unauthorized Access.

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HPSBUX02102 SSRT051078 rev.4 - HP-UX usermod(1M) Local Unauthorized Access.

NOTICE: The information in this Security Bulletin should be acted upon as soon
as possible.

Release Date: 2006-09-05
Last Updated: 2006-09-05

Potential Security Impact: Local unauthorized access to user and system files
and directories.

Source: Hewlett-Packard Company, HP Software Security Response Team

A vulnerability has been identified with certain versions of the HP-UX
usermod(1M) command.
A certain combination of options can result in recursively changing the
ownership of all directories
and files under a user's new home directory. This may result in unauthorized
access to these
directories and files.

References: none

SUPPORTED SOFTWARE VERSIONS*: ONLY impacted versions are listed.
HP-UX B.11.00, B.11.11, B.11.23


The behavior is present in HP-UX B.11.00, B.11.11, and B.11.23. For B.11.11,
the affected version of usermod(1M) is present only in these patches:
PHCO_29269, PHCO_30275, PHCO_32181.

The -d <dir> option of the command usermod(1M) specifies a new home
directory for the login.

Executing a vulnerable version of usermod(1M) in the following manner

# usermod -d <dir> -u <new uid> -m <username>
# usermod -d <dir> -g <new or old gid> -m <username>

causes the ownership of all files and directories, including and beneath
directory <dir>
to be recursively changed to <username>.

If the directory <dir> is '/' the system will immediately become inoperable.
If directory <dir> is an existing directory other than '/' the change in
may not be an issue. If directories or files under directory <dir> were owned by
an account other than <username>, the affected files or directories may be
to unauthorized access.


HP-UX B.11.00
action: install PHCO_34763 or subsequent

HP-UX B.11.11
action: install PHCO_33142 or subsequent

HP-UX B.11.23
action: install PHCO_34764 or subsequent



HP has made the following patches available to resolve this issue.
The patches are available from http://itrc.hp.com

HP-UX B.11.00 - PHCO_34763 or subsequent.
HP-UX B.11.11 - PHCO_33142 or subsequent.
HP-UX B.11.23 - PHCO_34764 or subsequent.

All new patches only provide a version of usermod(1M) that does not exhibit the
These patches will not detect any ownerships that may have been altered by the
version of usermod(1M). Customers should verify that file/directory ownerships
have not
been altered.

NOTE: The swverify option fix=true can restore altered ownerships for software
installed by swinstall.


B.11.00 - install PHCO_34763 or subsequent.
B.11.11 - install PHCO_33142 or subsequent.
B.11.23 - install PHCO_34764 or subsequent.


HP-UX Security Patch Check: Security Patch Check revision B.02.00 analyzes all
HP-issued Security Bulletins to provide a subset of recommended actions that
potentially affect a specific HP-UX system. For more information:

Version: 1 (rev.1) 15 March 2006 Initial release
Version: 2 (rev.2) 23 March 2006 clarified command syntax
Version: 3 (rev.3) 28 August 2006 added B.11.00 and B.11.23 patch
Version: 4 (rev.4) 05 September 2006 corrected Manual actions

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WTEC Cupertino, California

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