[UNIX] Hewlett-Packard HP-UX SLSd Arbitrary File Creation Vulnerability

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Hewlett-Packard HP-UX SLSd Arbitrary File Creation Vulnerability


Hewlett-Packard's HP-UX introduced "
<http://docs.hp.com/en/B2355-90142/ch05s03.html> Single Logical Screen"
(SLS) in 1995 to facilitate using multiple graphics devices on a single
desktop. Distributed SLS, or SLS/d, extends SLS to allow the utilization
of graphics devices within multiple computer systems.

Remote exploitation of a design error within Hewlett-Packard's "SLSd"
daemon could allow an attacker to execute privileges as the superuser.


Vulnerable Systems:
* "SLSd_daemon" binary as shipped with HP-UX 11.11i and 10.20.
* All versions are suspected to be vulnerable.

The problem specifically exists due to a design error within the
"SLSd_daemon" RPC daemon that provides connectivity between the
distributed systems. This daemon registers itself under the RPC PROGID of
536870913 or 351456, depending on the HP-UX version. By sending a
specially crafted request, the daemon will write attacker supplied data to
an arbitrary file as the superuser.

Exploitation allows an unauthenticated attacker to gain superuser
privileges by overwriting select files such as .rhosts, cron scripts, or
other files used for authentication.

Employ firewalls to limit access to the affected system to reduce exposure
to this vulnerability. If you are not using Distrubuted SLS, disable the

Vendor Status:
Hewlett-Packard has addressed this vulnerability with HP Security Advisory

Disclosure Timeline:
* 01/30/2007 - Initial vendor notification
* 01/30/2007 - Initial vendor response
* 02/13/2007 - Coordinated public disclosure


The information has been provided by iDefense.
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