Hewlett-Packard HP-UX newgrp command does not function properly

ID VU:249224
Type cert
Reporter CERT
Modified 2004-02-23T22:12:00



A security vulnerability exists in the newgrp command on certain Hewlett-Packard systems.


HP9000 servers running HP-UX release 11.11 contain a security vulnerability allowing users to gain increased capability. No further details are available. See HP document HPSBUX0103-147.


The complete impact of this vulnerability is not yet known.


Apply a patch as described in the HP bulletin.

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Hewlett-Packard Company

Notified: March 26, 2001 Updated: April 30, 2001


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Digest Name: daily security bulletins digest Created: Mon Mar 26 3:00:03 PST 2001
Table of Contents:
`Document ID Title

HPSBUX0103-147 Sec. Vulnerability in newgrp(1)
The documents are listed below.


Document ID: HPSBUX0103-147 Date Loaded: 20010325 Title: Sec. Vulnerability in newgrp(1)

The information in the following Security Bulletin should be
acted upon as soon as possible. Hewlett-Packard Company will
not be liable for any consequences to any customer resulting
from customer's failure to fully implement instructions in
this Security Bulletin as soon as possible.

ISSUE: the newgrp(1) command doesn't function properly.
PLATFORM: HP9000 servers running HP-UX release 11.11.
POSSIBLE RESULT: Users could gain increased capability.
SOLUTION: Apply patches for HP-UX releases as follows:
for 11.11: PHCO_23083.
AVAILABILITY: The patch is available now.

A. Background
Hewlett-Packard Company has become aware of a defect in the
newgrp(1) command in only the HP-UX release 11.11.
B. Fixing the problem can be fully resolved by applying
the patch to your system.
For HP-UX releases
11.11: PHCO_23083.
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-----End of Document ID: HPSBUX0103-147--------------------------------------`

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This document was written by Shawn V. Hernan.

Other Information

CVE IDs: | None
Date Public: | 2001-03-26
Date First Published: | 2001-05-01
Date Last Updated: | 2004-02-23 22:12 UTC
Document Revision: | 6