Re: from bugtraq: HP-UX 11.0 /usr/bin/kermit (fwd)
From: Frank da Cruz (fdc_at_columbia.edu)
Date: Fri, 2 May 2003 17:42:30 EDT To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> I see. The problem is that the latest patch for kermit in HP-UX 11.0 is
> PHCO_22665 . This kermit patch does not increase version of kermit, it only
> patches known kermit(v. 6.0.192) vulnerabilities. I have kermit
> v.6.0.192,shipped with default HP-UX 11.0 install and patched with latest HP
> security patch for it.
> It would be a perfect solution, but most sysadmins do not download newer
> software from third parties, but patches existing software from OS
> vendor. As I mentioned, new kermit versions were released, but AFAIK HP
> didn't make any patches to upgrade existing ones shipped earlier.
> I meant that patches should be released by HP.
> My point is : I have kermit with latest HP patches, an it is
> vulnerable. There are newer C-Kermit releases, but HP has no upgrade patch
> for it...Did i miss something?
I submit all new Kermit versions of Kermit to HP. I include HP in the
development and test cycles. They are supposed to update their copies.
OK, let me try some of the HP-UX systems at:
Here's what I find:
HP-UX spe175 B.11.22 U ia64 rx2600
C-Kermit 8.0.200, 12 Dec 2001, for HP-UX 11.00
This one is fairly current - it has the buffer overflow fixes.
HP-UX spe169 B.11.11 U 9000/800/A500-7X
C-Kermit 7.0.197, 8 Feb 2000, for HP-UX 11.00
This one is four years newer than the one you found but
it is before the buffer overflow fixes.
I suspect that HP ships newer Kermit versions with newer OS versions, but
does not issue new Kermit patches for older OS versions. If that is true,
then you have a point. But:
. HP probably wants you upgrade your OS version. They don't want
to maintain patches for every combination of C-Kermit version and
. The current version is always available direct from us, for EVERY
version of HP-UX on EVERY hardware platform. See: