IRIX Mail, mailx, timed and sort vulnerabilities

From: SGI Security Coordinator (
Date: 04/11/02

Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2002 16:08:53 -0700 (PDT)
From: SGI Security Coordinator <>



                          SGI Security Advisory

        Title: Mail, mailx, timed and sort vulnerabilities
        Number: 20020401-01-P
        Date: April 10, 2002


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- --- Issue Specifics ---
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It has been reported that certain standard utilities in IRIX had security

  o "mailx" and "Mail" could be made to dump core

  o "sort" was using predictably-named temporary files

  o "timed" could die when sent null packets

  o "gzip" had a buffer overflow vulnerability

These vulnerabilities could lead to a denial-of-service or root exploit.
In the case of Mail/mailx, a local account may not be required.

SGI has investigated the issues and recommends the following steps for
neutralizing the exposure. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that these measures
be implemented on ALL vulnerable SGI systems.

These issues have been corrected in future releases of IRIX.

- --------------
- --- Impact ---
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These utilities are all installed by default on all IRIX 6.5 systems.

The timed vulnerability may be exploited by a remote user, and no local
account is required.

The mailx, Mail, sort and gzip vulnerabilities require a local account in
order to be exploited.

- ----------------------------
- --- Temporary Workaround ---
- ----------------------------

There is no effective workaround available for these problems.
SGI recommends either upgrading to IRIX 6.5.16 when it is released,
or installing the appropriate patch from the listing below.

- ----------------
- --- Solution ---
- ----------------

SGI has provided patches for these vulnerabilities. Our recommendation is
to upgrade to IRIX 6.5.16 when available, or install the appropriate patch.

   OS Version Vulnerable? Patch # Other Actions
   ---------- ----------- ------- -------------
   IRIX 3.x unknown Note 1
   IRIX 4.x unknown Note 1
   IRIX 5.x unknown Note 1
   IRIX 6.0.x unknown Note 1
   IRIX 6.1 unknown Note 1
   IRIX 6.2 unknown Note 1
   IRIX 6.3 unknown Note 1
   IRIX 6.4 unknown Note 1
   IRIX 6.5 yes Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.1 yes Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.2 yes Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.3 yes Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.4 yes Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.5 yes Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.6 yes Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.7 yes Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.8 yes Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.9 yes Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.10 yes Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.11m yes Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.11f yes Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.12m yes 4534
   IRIX 6.5.12f yes 4535
   IRIX 6.5.13m yes 4534
   IRIX 6.5.13f yes 4535
   IRIX 6.5.14m yes 4534
   IRIX 6.5.14f yes 4535
   IRIX 6.5.15m yes 4534
   IRIX 6.5.15f yes 4535
   IRIX 6.5.16 no


     1) This version of the IRIX operating has been retired.
        Upgrade to an actively supported IRIX operating system. See for more

     2) If you have not received an IRIX 6.5.X CD for IRIX 6.5, contact your
        SGI Support Provider or URL:

     3) Upgrade to IRIX 6.5.16m or 6.5.16f. Security patches can be found on: and

                ##### Patch File Checksums ####

The actual patch will be a tar file containing the following files:

Filename: README.patch.4534
Algorithm #1 (sum -r): 13804 8 README.patch.4534
Algorithm #2 (sum): 43355 8 README.patch.4534
MD5 checksum: 83E7A7D05DDF3E173309056F3FBB7118

Filename: patchSG0004534
Algorithm #1 (sum -r): 05536 4 patchSG0004534
Algorithm #2 (sum): 64119 4 patchSG0004534
MD5 checksum: 68E26B998FDC80EE323C2F6A606713B6

Filename: patchSG0004534.eoe_man
Algorithm #1 (sum -r): 08170 18 patchSG0004534.eoe_man
Algorithm #2 (sum): 57899 18 patchSG0004534.eoe_man
MD5 checksum: 7CF0A1FD73120A7FD8994ACCF3FAD2F7

Filename: patchSG0004534.eoe_src
Algorithm #1 (sum -r): 08489 45 patchSG0004534.eoe_src
Algorithm #2 (sum): 5610 45 patchSG0004534.eoe_src
MD5 checksum: F779DA0E1D6BE7DD85628F1353A51721

Filename: patchSG0004534.eoe_sw
Algorithm #1 (sum -r): 30309 593 patchSG0004534.eoe_sw
Algorithm #2 (sum): 3676 593 patchSG0004534.eoe_sw
MD5 checksum: A381709E021AB90ACCC5699A23252073

Filename: patchSG0004534.idb
Algorithm #1 (sum -r): 03657 3 patchSG0004534.idb
Algorithm #2 (sum): 39027 3 patchSG0004534.idb
MD5 checksum: B02861A4AAAA0A55FC948DABE336A5FE

Filename: README.patch.4535
Algorithm #1 (sum -r): 06473 8 README.patch.4535
Algorithm #2 (sum): 43295 8 README.patch.4535
MD5 checksum: 04E693105557879E040221FCCB5451B8

Filename: patchSG0004535
Algorithm #1 (sum -r): 18098 4 patchSG0004535
Algorithm #2 (sum): 4005 4 patchSG0004535
MD5 checksum: 537B4360CC89815E68A11A06494F6EE0

Filename: patchSG0004535.eoe_man
Algorithm #1 (sum -r): 08170 18 patchSG0004535.eoe_man
Algorithm #2 (sum): 57899 18 patchSG0004535.eoe_man
MD5 checksum: 7CF0A1FD73120A7FD8994ACCF3FAD2F7

Filename: patchSG0004535.eoe_src
Algorithm #1 (sum -r): 51272 45 patchSG0004535.eoe_src
Algorithm #2 (sum): 60860 45 patchSG0004535.eoe_src
MD5 checksum: C1E9DA4D44A5403A8C6D1445E6CD6D88

Filename: patchSG0004535.eoe_sw
Algorithm #1 (sum -r): 07781 595 patchSG0004535.eoe_sw
Algorithm #2 (sum): 26585 595 patchSG0004535.eoe_sw
MD5 checksum: 6CC83AF18C45DECA0F4D4E73B69E39DA

Filename: patchSG0004535.idb
Algorithm #1 (sum -r): 07659 3 patchSG0004535.idb
Algorithm #2 (sum): 39136 3 patchSG0004535.idb
MD5 checksum: BE50603142EFEC2EC1515E4D6BA10235

- ------------------------
- --- Acknowledgments ----
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SGI wishes to thank CERT, GOBBLES, NASA, Walter Roberson and the users of
the Internet Community at large for their assistance in this matter.

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- --- References ---
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SGI Security Advisories can be found at: and

SGI Security Patches can be found at: and

SGI patches for IRIX can be found at the following patch servers: and

SGI freeware updates for IRIX can be found at:

SGI fixes for SGI open sourced code can be found on:

SGI patches and RPMs for Linux can be found at: or

SGI patches for Windows NT or 2000 can be found at:

IRIX 5.2-6.4 Recommended/Required Patch Sets can be found at: and

IRIX 6.5 Maintenance Release Streams can be found at:

IRIX 6.5 Software Update CDs can be obtained from:

The primary SGI anonymous FTP site for security advisories and patches is ( Security advisories and patches are
located under the URL

For security and patch management reasons, (mirrors security FTP repository) lags behind and does not do a
real-time update.

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