IRIX Xlib vulnerability

From: SGI Security Coordinator (
Date: 05/01/02

Date: Wed, 1 May 2002 14:59:25 -0700 (PDT)
From: SGI Security Coordinator <>



                          SGI Security Advisory

        Title: Xlib vulnerability
        Number: 20020502-01-I
        Date: May 1, 2002
        Reference: CAN-2000-0976

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- --- Issue Specifics ---
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It's been reported on BugTraq that programs that are setuid and linked
against Xlib can be made to overflow buffers in /usr/lib/

See and for additional details.

SGI has investigated the issue 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 IRIX 6.5.12 and later versions.

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- --- Impact ---
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The X11 library is part of the IRIX X11 Execution Environment, and is
installed by default on all graphics-capable SGI machines.

To see if is installed, execute the following command:

  $ versions x_eoe.sw.eoe
  I = Installed, R = Removed

   Name Date Description

   I x_eoe 09/19/2000 X11 Execution Environment,
                                       ${IRIX_RELEASE_NUMBER}, based on X11R6.3
   I x_eoe.sw 09/19/2000 X11 Execution Environment
   I x_eoe.sw.eoe 09/19/2000 X11 Execution Environment

If the output looks similar to the above, then the X11 Execution Environment
is installed, and you are vulnerable if the version shown is earlier than

This vulnerability may be not exploited by a remote user, a local account is

This vulnerability has been fixed in IRIX 6.5.12 and later versions.

This vulnerability was assigned the following CVE:

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- --- Temporary Workaround ---
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There is no effective workaround for this vulnerability.

SGI recommends upgrading to IRIX 6.5.12 or a later version.

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- --- Solution ---
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SGI has not provided patches for this vulnerability. Our recommendation is
to upgrade to IRIX 6.5.12 or a later version.

   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 6.5.11 yes Notes 2 & 3
   IRIX 6.5.12 no
   IRIX 6.5.13 no
   IRIX 6.5.14 no
   IRIX 6.5.15 no
   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 6.5.12 or a later version of IRIX.

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- --- Acknowledgments ----
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SGI wishes to thank Michal Zalewski, Security Focus and the users of the
Internet Community at large for their assistance in this matter.

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For security and patch management reasons, (mirrors security FTP repository) lags behind and does not do a
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