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Article ID : 1019875.1
Article Type : Sun Alerts (SURE)
Last reviewed : 2009-01-29
Audience : PUBLIC
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Security Vulnerability in the Solaris IP(7p) Implementation, Related to Minor Number Allocation, may Lead to a Denial of Service (DoS) Condition


Release Phase

Bug Id

Solaris 8 Operating System
Solaris 9 Operating System
Solaris 10 Operating System

Date of Resolved Release

Security vulnerability in the Solaris IP(7p) implementation, related to minor number allocation, may lead to a Denial of Service (DoS) condition:

1. Impact

Security vulnerability within the Solaris IP(7p) (Internet Protocol) implementation related to the allocation of minor numbers may allow a local unprivileged user to open a large number of sockets, thereby resulting in a Denial of Service (DoS) condition to 32-bit applications. Depending on the system configuration, this may in turn affect the system as a whole, for example it may prevent new logins from completing successfully.

2. Contributing Factors

This issue can occur in the following releases:

SPARC Platform
  • Solaris 8 without patch 116965-34
  • Solaris 9 without patch 114344-37
  • Solaris 10 without patch 138888-01
  • OpenSolaris based upon builds snv_01 through snv_81
x86 Platform
  • Solaris 8 without patch 116966-33
  • Solaris 9 without patch 119435-25
  • Solaris 10 without patch 138889-01
  • OpenSolaris based upon builds snv_01 through snv_81
Note 1: OpenSolaris distributions may include additional bug fixes above and beyond the build from which it was derived.  To determine the base build of OpenSolaris, the following command can be used:
    $ uname -v
Note 2:  This issue only impacts applications running in 32-bit mode. To determine if an application is running in 32-bit mode, use the file(1) command on the executable associated with the application, as in the following example:
    $file /usr/lib/inet/in.dhcpd
/usr/lib/inet/in.dhcpd: ELF 32-bit MSB executable SPARC Version 1, dynamically linked, stripped
If the string "ELF 32-bit" is returned, it is a 32-bit application.

3. Symptoms

If the described issue occurs, users may not be able to login to the system and certain network services may fail. For example, on systems configured with NIS+(1), nis_cachemgr(1M) may fail with an error message similar to the following:
    nis_cachemgr: nis_cast: t_open: /dev/udp:Not enough space
Symptoms for other affected 32-bit applications will vary depending on the application.

4. Workaround

There is no workaround for this issue.  Please see the Resolution section below.

5. Resolution

This issue is addressed in the following releases:

SPARC Platform
  • Solaris 8 with patch 116965-34 or later
  • Solaris 9 with patch 114344-37 or later
  • Solaris 10 with patch 138888-01 or later
  • OpenSolaris based upon builds snv_82 or later
x86 Platform
  • Solaris 8 with patch 116966-33 or later
  • Solaris 9 with patch 119435-25 or later
  • Solaris 10 with patch 138889-01 or later
  • OpenSolaris based upon builds snv_82 or later
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