PAM security, bug fix, and enhancement update (RHSA-2007-0737)

Original Release Date: January 2, 2008
Last Revised: March 3, 2009
Number: ASA-2007-526
Risk Level: Low
Advisory Version: 4.0
Advisory Status: Interim

1. Overview:

The Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM) provide a way for administrators to create and change authentication policies without major changes to the programs that handle authentication.

PAM's pam_console module was found to contain an issue in the way it set console device permissions. A console device could possibly retain the ownership of the console user after the console user logged out, allowing for a potential information leak to other local users. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2007-1716 to this issue.

The PAM library was found to have an issue in how it wrote account names to the audit subsystem. If an attacker used this to inject text containing parts of an audit message, it could cause audit log parsing tools to show misleading and/or confusing messages. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2007-3102 to this issue.

More information about these vulnerabilities can be found in the security advisory issued by RedHat Linux:

2. Avaya System Products with PAM installed:

Product: Affected Version(s): Risk Level: Actions:
Avaya Communication Manager CM 3.x, 4.x, 5.0 Low Upgrade to CM 5.1 or later.
Avaya Intuity Audix LX IALX 2.0, 2.0 SP1 Low Upgrade to IALX 2.0 SP2 or later.
Avaya Messaging Storage Server MSS 3.x, 4.0 Low Upgrade to MSS 5.0 or later.
Avaya Message Networking MN 3.1 Low See recommended actions below.  This issue will be addressed in accordance with Avaya's Product Security Vulnerability Response Policy
Avaya CCS/SES SES 3.1.x, 4.0, 5.0 Low Upgrade to SES 5.1 or later.
Avaya AES AES 4.0, 4.0.1, 4.1 Low Upgrade to AES 4.2 or later.

Recommended Actions:
For all system products which use vulnerable versions of PAM, Avaya recommends that customers restrict local and network access to the server. This restriction should be enforced through the use of physical security, firewalls, ACLs, VPNs, and other generally-accepted networking practices until such time as an update becomes available and can be installed.

3. Avaya Software-Only Products:

Avaya software-only products operate on general-purpose operating systems. Occasionally vulnerabilities may be discovered in the underlying operating system or applications that come with the operating system. These vulnerabilities often do not impact the software-only product directly but may threaten the integrity of the underlying platform.

In the case of this advisory Avaya software-only products are not affected by the vulnerability directly but the underlying Linux platform may be. Customers should determine on which Linux operating system the product was installed and then follow that vendor's guidance.

Product: Actions:
CVLAN Depending on the Operating System provided by customers, the affected package may be installed on the underlying Operating System supporting the CVLAN application. The CVLAN application does not require the software described in this advisory.
Avaya Integrated Management Suite (IMS) Depending on the Operating System provided by customers, the affected package may be installed on the underlying Operating System supporting the IMS application. The IMS application does not require the software described in this advisory.

Recommended Actions:
In the event that the affected package is installed, Avaya recommends that customers follow recommended actions supplied by RedHat Linux.

4. Additional Information:

Additional information may also be available via the Avaya support website and through your Avaya account representative. Please contact your Avaya product support representative, or dial 1-800-242-2121, with any questions.

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6. Revision History:

V 1.0 - January 2, 2008 - Initial Statement issued.
V 2.0 - September 9, 2008 - Changed CM, SES, and AES affected versions and recommended actions.
V 3.0 - January 6, 2009 - Changed IALX recommended actions.
V 4.0 - March 3, 2009 - Changed IALX affected versions and MSS affected versions and recommended actions.

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