Sec. Vulnerability with HP AdvanceStack hubs
Published: 2002-02-12 17:43:29
Updated: 2002-03-05 17:43:29

Document ID: HPSBUX0202-185 
Date Loaded: 20020212 
Title: Sec. Vulnerability with HP AdvanceStack hubs (rev.2) 

     Originally issued: 12 Feb. 2002
     Last revised:  5 Mar. 2002

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 customer's
failure to fully implement instructions in this Security Advisory as
soon as possible.

PROBLEM:  Security vulnerability when managing HP Switching
          Hubs with a web browser.

**REVISED 01**
PLATFORM: HP AdvanceStack J3200A, J3201A, J3202A, J3203A, J3204A,
 --->>    J3205A, J3210A with firmware version A.03.07 and 
 --->>    earlier.

DAMAGE:   Gain elevated privileges

SOLUTION: Until a fix is available, work around the problem as
          documented below.

MANUAL ACTIONS: Disable web access or remove the management IP

AVAILABILITY:  This advisory will be updated when a fix is

A. Background
    The following are vulnerable:

    J3210A -- HP AdvanceStack 10BT Management Pack Module for use
              with HP AdvanceStack Switching Hubs
    J3200A -- HP Advancestack 10Base-T S Hub-12R*
    J3201A -- HP AdvanceStack 10BT-S Hub-12R w/Mgmt
    J3202A -- HP AdvanceStack 10Base-T S Hub-24R*
    J3203A -- HP AdvanceStack 10BT-S Hub-24R w/Mgmt
    J3204A -- HP AdvanceStack 10Base-T S Hub-24T*
    J3205A -- HP AdvanceStack 10BT-S Hub-24T w/Mgmt
  * This product is not affected unless J3210A is installed within.

**REVISED 01**
 -->> The vulnerable firmware version is A.03.07 and earlier.

B. Fixing the problem
   There are two ways to work around the problem:

   1. Disable web access using telnet or RS-232 interface
      a. Telnet or console into switch
      b. Type "me" for menu
      c. Hit "2" for Management Access Configuration
      d. Hit "6" for Web enable/disable (verify it is disabled)

   2. Remove the management IP address
      a. Telnet or console into switch
      b. Type "me" for menu
      c. Hit "2" for Management Access Configuration
      d. Hit "1" for IP Configuration
      e. Hit "Y" to Change the IP configuration
      f. Choose "D" to disable segment
      g. Choose "D" to Disable (and verify it is disabled)
      (Repeat F and G for each IP assigned-segment as necessary.)

    NOTE! Disabling IP while connected via telnet will disconnect
          your session.

C. Recommended solution
   Until a fix is available work around the problem by either
   disabling web access or removing the management IP address.

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