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CERT Advisory CA-99-05 Vulnerability in statd exposes vulnerability in

   Original issue date: June 9, 1999
   Source: CERT/CC

Systems Affected

   Systems running older versions of rpc.statd and automountd

I. Description

   This advisory describes two vulnerabilities that are being used
   together by intruders to gain access to vulnerable systems. The first
   vulnerability is in rpc.statd, a program used to communicate state
   changes among NFS clients and servers. The second vulnerability is in
   automountd, a program used to automatically mount certain types of
   file systems. Both of these vulnerabilities have been widely discussed
   on public forums, such as BugTraq, and some vendors have issued
   security advisories related to the problems discussed here. Because of
   the number of incident reports we have received, however, we are
   releasing this advisory to call attention to these problems so that
   system and network administrators who have not addressed these
   problems do so immediately.

   The vulnerability in rpc.statd allows an intruder to call arbitrary
   rpc services with the privileges of the rpc.statd process. The called
   rpc service may be a local service on the same machine or it may be a
   network service on another machine. Although the form of the call is
   constrained by rpc.statd, if the call is acceptable to another rpc
   service, the other rpc service will act on the call as if it were an
   authentic call from the rpc.statd process.

   The vulnerability in automountd allows a local intruder to execute
   arbitrary commands with the privileges of the automountd process. This
   vulnerability has been widely known for a significant period of time,
   and patches have been available from vendors, but many systems remain
   vulnerable because their administrators have not yet applied the
   appropriate patches.

   By exploiting these two vulnerabilities simultaneously, a remote
   intruder is able to "bounce" rpc calls from the rpc.statd service to
   the automountd service on the same targeted machine. Although on many
   systems the automountd service does not normally accept traffic from
   the network, this combination of vulnerabilities allows a remote
   intruder to execute arbitrary commands with the administrative
   privileges of the automountd service, typically root.

   Note that the rpc.statd vulnerability described in this advisory is
   distinct from the vulnerabilities described in CERT Advisories
   CA-96.09 and CA-97.26.

II. Impact

   The vulnerability in rpc.statd may allow a remote intruder to call
   arbitrary rpc services with the privileges of the rpc.statd process,
   typically root. The vulnerablility in automountd may allow a local
   intruder to execute arbitrary commands with the privileges of the
   automountd service.

   By combining attacks exploiting these two vulnerabilities, a remote
   intruder is able to execute arbitrary commands with the privileges of
   the automountd service.


   It may still be possible to cause rpc.statd to call other rpc services
   even after applying patches which reduce the privileges of rpc.statd.
   If there are additional vulnerabilities in other rpc services
   (including services you have written), an intruder may be able to
   exploit those vulnerabilities through rpc.statd. At the present time,
   we are unaware of any such vulnerabilitity that may be exploited
   through this mechanism.

III. Solutions

   Install a patch from your vendor

   Appendix A contains input from vendors who have provided information
   for this advisory. We will update the appendix as we receive more
   information. If you do not see your vendor's name, the CERT/CC did not
   hear from that vendor. Please contact your vendor directly.

Appendix A: Vendor Information


   Caldera's currently not shipping statd.

   Compaq Computer Corporation

        (c) Copyright 1998, 1999 Compaq Computer Corporation. All rights
                SOURCE: Compaq Computer Corporation
                Compaq Services
                Software Security Response Team USA
                This reported problem has not been found to affect the as
                shipped, Compaq's Tru64/UNIX Operating Systems Software.
                - Compaq Computer Corporation

          Data General

        We are investigating. We will provide an update when our
                investigation is complete.

          Hewlett-Packard Company

        HP is not vulnerable.

          The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc.

        No SCO products are vulnerable.

          Silicon Graphics, Inc.

        % IRIX

              % rpc.statd
                      IRIX 6.2 and above ARE NOT vulnerable.
                      IRIX 5.3 is vulnerable, but no longer supported.
                      % automountd
                      With patches from SGI Security Advisory
                      19981005-01-PX installed,
                      IRIX 6.2 and above ARE NOT vulnerable.

                % Unicos

              Currently, SGI is investigating and no further information
                      available for public release at this time.

                As further information becomes available, additional
                will be issued via the normal SGI security information
                method including the wiretap mailing list.
                SGI Security Headquarters

          Sun Microsystems Inc.

        The following patches are available:
                Patch OS Version
                _____ __________
                106592-02 SunOS 5.6
                106593-02 SunOS 5.6_x86
                104166-04 SunOS 5.5.1
                104167-04 SunOS 5.5.1_x86
                103468-04 SunOS 5.5
                103469-05 SunOS 5.5_x86
                102769-07 SunOS 5.4
                102770-07 SunOS 5.4_x86
                102932-05 SunOS 5.3
                The fix for this vulnerability was integrated in SunOS
                5.7 (Solaris 7) before it was released.
                104654-05 SunOS 5.5.1
                104655-05 SunOS 5.5.1_x86
                103187-43 SunOS 5.5
                103188-43 SunOS 5.5_x86
                101945-61 SunOS 5.4
                101946-54 SunOS 5.4_x86
                101318-92 SunOS 5.3
                SunOS 5.6 (Solaris 2.6) and SunOS 5.7 (Solaris 7) are not
                Sun security patches are available at:


          Our thanks to Olaf Kirch of Caldera for his assistance in
          helping us understand the problem and Chok Poh of Sun
          Microsystems for his assistance in helping us construct this

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