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CA-2002-35 Vulnerability in RaQ 4 Servers
release date: December 11, 2002
Last revised: --
revision history can be found at the end of this file.
Cobalt RaQ 4 Server Appliances with the Security Hardening
exploitable vulnerability has been discovered in Sun Cobalt
RaQ 4 Server Appliances running Sun's Security Hardening Package
(SHP). Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow remote attackers
to execute arbitrary code with superuser privileges.
RaQ 4 is a Sun Server Appliance. For background information on
Cobalt RaQ 4, please see the COBALT RaQ 4 User Manual. Sun provides
Security Hardening Package (SHP) for Cobalt RaQ 4. Although the SHP
not installed by default, many users choose to install it on their RaQ
4 servers. For background information on the SHP, please see the SHP
RaQ 4 User Guide.
in the SHP may allow a remote attacker to execute
arbitrary code on a Cobalt RaQ 4 Server Appliance. The vulnerability
occurs in a cgi script that does not properly filter input.
Specifically, overflow.cgi does not adequately filter input destined
for the email variable. Because of this flaw, an attacker can use a
POST request to fill the email variable with arbitrary commands. The
attacker can then call overflow.cgi, which will allow the command the
attacker filled the email variable with to be executed with superuser
is publicly available and may be circulating.
information about this vulnerability may be found in VU#810921
in the CERT/CC Vulnerability Notes Database.
attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code on a Cobalt
RaQ 4 Server Appliance with the SHP installed.
patch from your vendor
A contains information provided by vendors for this advisory.
As vendors report new information to the CERT/CC, we will update this
section and note the changes in our revision history. If a particular
vendor is not listed below, we have not received their comments.
Please contact your vendor directly.
access to the Cobalt RaQ 4 administrative httpd server
(typically ports 81/TCP and 444/TCP) at your network perimeter. Note
that this will not protect vulnerable hosts within your network
perimeter. It is important to understand your network configuration
and service requirements before deciding what changes are appropriate.
supplied by Sun removes the SHP completely. If your
operation requires the use of the SHP, you may need to find a suitable
A. - Vendor Information
that a remote root exploit does affect the Sun/Cobalt
RaQ4 platform if the SHP (Security Hardening Patch) patch was
released a Sun Alert which describes how to remove the SHP
patch is available from:
B. - References
Vulnerability Note: VU#810921 - http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/810921
2. Sun SHP RaQ 4 User Guide - http://www.sun.com/hardware/serverappliances/pdfs/support/RaQ_4_SHP_UG.pdf
3. COBALT RaQ 4 User Manual - http://www.sun.com/hardware/serverappliances/pdfs/manuals/manual.raq4.pdf
publicly reported this vulnerability.
Ian A. Finlay.
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