SSRT4779 HP-UX Netscape NSS Library Suite SSLv2 remote buffer overflow

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SSRT4779 HP-UX Netscape NSS Library Suite SSLv2
               remote buffer overflow

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INITIAL RELEASE:    23 August 2004

POTENTIAL SECURITY IMPACT:    Remote buffer overflow and arbitrary
                              code execution

HP Software Security Response Team


A potential security vulnerability has been identified with
Network Security Services (NSS) library suite using SSLv2 ciphers
running on HP-UX.  A buffer overflow could be exploited remotely
to execute arbitrary code or create a Denial of Service against
products or services that implement vulnerable versions of the
NSS library.

SUPPORTED SOFTWARE VERSIONS*:  ONLY impacted versions are listed.
Any application or product that integrates the NSS library suite
and which implements SSLv2 ciphers may be affected.
Netscape - Directory Server (NDS) - currently supported versions,
Netscape - Administration Server (AS) - currently supported


Internet Security Systems, Inc. (ISS) has reported buffer overflow
vulnerabilities in all known releases of the Network Security
Services (NSS) library suite.


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.11.23
HP-UX B.11.11
HP-UX B.11.00
For versions NDS  6.02, and 6.11 with AS 6.01 and 6.1
action: follow procedure described in the Resolution section.

For version NDS 4.16 with AS 4.2
action: upgrade to NDS 6.11.


NOTE: If still using NDS version 4.16 HP recommends upgrading
      to version 6.11 or subsequent and following the
      recommendations herein.

This bulletin will be updated when a new NDS release is available.

Disabling all SSLv2 cipher suites effectively mitigates these

NOTE: Simply disabling SSLv2 does not fully protect against
      attack.  All SSLv2 cipher suites must be disabled explicitly
      in order to perform this mitigation.

Instructions for disabling the SSLv2 cipher suites for Netscape
Directory Server (NDS) and Administration Server (AS) are provided

A. Netscape Directory Server (NDS)

These changes apply to Netscape Directory Server versions
6.02 and 6.11.

1. Stop NDS.
2. Open the
   file in an editor.
3. DisablealloftheSSLv2ciphersinthe"dn:cn=encryption,cn=config"
    To accomplish this, add the following to the comma separated
    list of ciphers in the "nsSSL3ciphers" attribute:

It is important to include the minus sign before each cipher when
modifying the "nsSSL3ciphers" to negate the attribute in order to
tell Netscape Directory Server not to support those ciphers.

For example, the nsSSL3ciphers attribute with the correct
ciphers disabled:


3. Start NDS.

NOTE: If modification of cipher preferences is performed through
      the Directory Server Console, any previous entries added
      manually will be lost, and the process of modifying the
      dse.ldif file will be required again.

B. Administration Server (AS)

To disable SSLv2 via the admin server console:
1.  Login to admin server console
2.  Select the Administration Server
3.  Select the Configuration tab
4.  Select the Encryption Tab
5.  Click the Cipher Settings button
6.  Uncheck all ciphers in the SSL 2.0 tab
7.  Click Ok, then Save
8.  Restart the server

To disable SSLv2 manually via the configuration files:
1. Stop the server.

2. Edit /var/opt/netscape/servers/admin-serv/config/server.xml
   a. In the SSLPARAMS element there is an SSLv2 attribute.
      Set this to "off".
   b. To also disable all of the SSLv2 ciphers, replace "+" with
      "-" in the ssl2ciphers attribute for all of the ciphers

An example follows:
 -des,-desede3" ssl3="on"

3. Edit /var/opt/netscape/servers/admin-serv/config/local.conf
   a. In the configuration.encryption.nsSSL2 attribute,
      set the value to "off".
   b. To also disable all of the SSLv2 ciphers, replace "+" with
      "-" in the configuration.encryption.nsSSL2Ciphers attribute
      for all of the ciphers listed.

An example follows:
 configuration.encryption.nsSSL2: off
 configuration.encryption.nsSSL3: on
 configuration.encryption.nsSSL2Ciphers: -desede3,-des,-rc4,-rc2,
 configuration.encryption.nsSSL3Ciphers: +fips_3des_sha,

4. Start the server

MANUAL ACTIONS:  Yes - NonUpdate
For Netscape Directory Server (NDS) 4.16 upgrade to 6.11 and
follow the procedure in the Resolution section of this bulletin.

For Netscape Directory Server (NDS) 6.02 and 6.11 follow the
procedure in the Resolution section of this bulletin.

For Administration Server (AS) 4.2 upgrade to 6.01 or 6.1 and
follow the procedure in the Resolution section of this bulletin.

For Administration Server (AS) 6.01 and 6.1 follow the
procedure in the Resolution section of this bulletin.

Revision 0   19 August 2004
   Initial release

* The software product category that this Security Bulletin
  relates to is represented by the 5th and 6th characters of the
  Bulletin number: GN=General, MA=Management Agents,
  MI=Misc. 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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Yours truly,
HP S/W Security Team
WTEC Cupertino, California


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