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Caldera International, Inc. Security Advisory
Subject: OpenServer: setcontext and sysi86 vulnerabilities Advisory number: CSSA-2001-SCO.35 Issue date: 2001 November 29 Cross reference:
This patch closes a family of security holes present in SCO OpenServer 5.0.6 and previous releases, which stem from the ability of regular user processes to reprogram segment descriptors and certain other CPU registers. Closing this family of security holes does, however, result in a functionality change which may prevent certain applications from running -- they will exit with an error, or dump core, instead of running properly. For example, the i286emul and x286emul emulators will not work, so any '286 executables which require those emulators will not work. It is our intention to enhance this patch in the future, such that it enables full functionality of such applications while still closing the security holes. If this patch breaks any crucial applications, the system administrator may choose to disable the patch, by editing the file /etc/conf/pack.d/kernel/space.c and setting the value of the allow_dscr_remap parameter to 1. This will return the kernel to the old (not-secure) behavior.
Operating System Version Affected Files ------------------------------------------------------------------ OpenServer All
4.1 Location of Fixed Binaries
md5 checksums: 89a6894b514d0175676d12745158aaea VOL.000.000 md5 is available for download from ftp://stage.caldera.com/pub/security/tools/
4.3 Installing Fixed Binaries
Upgrade the affected binaries with the following commands: Download the VOL.000.000 file to /tmp # custom Instruct custom to install from images, and supply /tmp as the directory of the VOL image.
This and other advisories are located at http://stage.caldera.com/support/security This advisory addresses Caldera Security internal incidents sr855993, sr855994, SCO-559-1328, SCO-559-1329, erg711906 and erg711905.
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