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Updated groff packages available (rev. 1)
Published: 2002-01-17 16:15:50
Updated: 2002-03-15 16:15:50

Document ID:  HPSBTL0201-014
Date Loaded:  20020115
      Title:  Updated groff packages available (rev. 1)

    Originally issued: 16 January '02
 ** Rev. 1 ** 15 March '02

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

Because the vulnerability does not require a Hewlett-Packard Secure OS
1.0 patch or re-packaging of the RPM affected by the advisory, the
RPMs have not been produced or tested by Hewlett-Packard.


PROBLEM:  Buffer overflow vulnerability in groff packages

PLATFORM: Any system running HP Secure OS software for Linux Release 1.0

DAMAGE:   Potential remote execution of commands

SOLUTION: Apply the appropriate RPMs (see section B below)


AVAILABILITY: The RPMs are available now.

CHANGE SUMMARY: ** Rev. 1 **  An updated RPM is available now.

 A. Background

    Groff is a document formatting system. A buffer overflow exists
    that could be used in certain circumstances by a remote attacker
    to execute commands.

 ** Rev. 1 **
 >>> Additional groff security vulnerabilities were found, corrected
     and updated in the groff RPM package previously made available
     under Red Hat Security Advisory number RHSA-2002-004.

 B. Fixing the problem

    Hewlett-Packard recommends that customers download the RPMs
    listed in the following Red Hat Security Advisory:

    2002-03-13 groff-perl (RHSA-2002-004) New groff packages
    available to fix security problems

    To install the security advisory RPMs, use the following sequence
    of commands:

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       a consistency check and fix any violations before installing
       the security advisory RPM.

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           tripwire --check --interactive

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    product is installed. Hewlett-Packard recommends applying the
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