SSRT3613 rev.0 HP-UX B6848AB GTK+ Support Libraries elevated privileges

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SSRT3613 rev.0 HP-UX B6848AB GTK+ Support Libraries
               elevated privileges

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INITIAL RELEASE:    10 May 2004

POTENTIAL SECURITY IMPACT:    elevated privileges for a local
                              authorized user.

HP Software Security Response Team



A potential vulnerability has been identified with HP-UX running
B6848AB GTK+ Support Libraries where a directory permissions issue
could be exploited to allow a local authorized user to gain
elevated privileges.

SUPPORTED SOFTWARE VERSIONS*:  ONLY impacted versions are listed.
HP-UX B.11.00, B.11.11 with B6848AB GTK+ Support Libraries

     The product B6848AB (GTK+ Libraries) is available for
    download from

    < />

    The source files in this product are world writable.
    After the product is installed any user can modify the
    source.  If new libraries are to be built using this
    source code the files should be verified.

    The web page above has the following description of B6848AB:

      The GTK+ Libraries are the open source GNU toolkit for X
      windows development. The version provided here is
      unsupported, but is provided for use with the unsupported
      Mozilla browser for 10.20 and for old versions of Netscape
      (i.e. 6.2.1), which depend on it. We recommend upgrading to
      a newer browser/OS combo, such as Mozilla for HP-UX 11.0
      and later, which require a newer version of the GTK.

    Note: Product B6848BA (ximian gnome 1.4 gtk+ libraries for
          hp-ux) does NOT have this permissions problem.


     Note: To determine if a system has an affected version,
           search the output of "swlist -a revision -l fileset"
           for an affected fileset.  Then determine if the
           recommended patch or update is installed.

     HP-UX B.11.00
     HP-UX B.11.11
      action: remove (optionally reinstall and change perms)
              install revision or subsequent.

      action: remove (optionally reinstall and change perms)
              install revision or subsequent.


    Note: The directory permissions are secure in all versions
          of B6848BA.  However, only B6848BA revision
          or subsequent resolves the permissions issue for
          directories installed by  B6848AB.

    Note:  B6848AB is only required for Netscape 6,  which is no
              longer supported on HP-UX.   The recommended
              solution is HP's Mozilla (,
              which requires B6848BA.

    If B6848BA is needed:

    1. Remove B6848AB.
       This removes any potentially altered source files.
       However, the directories remain with unsafe permissions.

    2. Install B6848BA revision or subsequent.
       This corrects the directory permissions.

    3. Reinstall B6848AB if it is needed.

    If B6848BA is not needed and B6848AB is needed.

    1. Remove B6848AB.

    2. Reinstall B6848AB.

    3. Immediately make the following changes to directory

         chmod 555 /opt/gnome/src/GLib/glib-1.2.8
         chmod 555 /opt/gnome/src/GLib/glib-1.2.8/docs
         chmod 555 /opt/gnome/src/GLib/glib-1.2.8/gmodule
         chmod 555 /opt/gnome/src/GLib/glib-1.2.8/gthread
         chmod 555 /opt/gnome/src/GLib/glib-1.2.8/tests
         chmod 555 /opt/gnome/src/GTK+/gtk+-1.2.10
         chmod 555 /opt/gnome/src/GTK+/gtk+-1.2.10/docs
         chmod 555 /opt/gnome/src/GTK+/gtk+-1.2.10/gdk
         chmod 555 /opt/gnome/src/GTK+/gtk+-1.2.10/gtk
         chmod 555 /opt/gnome/src/GTK+/gtk+-1.2.10/po
         chmod 555 /opt/gnome/src/Gettext/gettext-0.10.35
         chmod 555 /opt/gnome/src/Gettext/gettext-0.10.35/doc
         chmod 555 /opt/gnome/src/Gettext/gettext-0.10.35/intl
         chmod 555 /opt/gnome/src/Gettext/gettext-0.10.35/lib
         chmod 555 /opt/gnome/src/Gettext/gettext-0.10.35/m4
         chmod 555 /opt/gnome/src/Gettext/gettext-0.10.35/misc
         chmod 555 /opt/gnome/src/Gettext/gettext-0.10.35/po
         chmod 555 /opt/gnome/src/Gettext/gettext-0.10.35/src
         chmod 555 /opt/gnome/src/Gettext/gettext-0.10.35/tests

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MANUAL ACTIONS:  Yes - NonUpdate
Remove B6848AB.
Install B6848BA revision or subsequent.
Reinstall B6848AB if necessary.
Remove B6848AB.
Reinstall B6848AB.
Manually change directory permissions.

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 relates to is represented by the 5th and 6th characters of the
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 3rd party, MP=HP-MPE/iX, NS=HP NonStop Servers, OV=HP OpenVMS,
 PI=HP Printing & Imaging, ST=HP Storage, TU=HP Tru64 UNIX,
 TL=Trusted Linux, UX=HP-UX, VV=Virtual Vault

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