ed security update (RHSA-2008-0946)

Original Release Date: December 1, 2008
Last Revised: May 29, 2009
Number: ASA-2008-461
Risk Level: Low
Advisory Version: 4.0
Advisory Status: Interim

1. Overview:

ed is a line-oriented text editor, used to create, display, and modify text files (both interactively and via shell scripts).

A heap-based buffer overflow was discovered in the way ed, the GNU line editor, processed long file names. An attacker could create a file with a specially-crafted name that could possibly execute an arbitrary code when opened in the ed editor. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CVE-2008-3916 to this issue.

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

2. Avaya System Products with ed installed:

Product: Affected Version(s): Risk Level: Actions:
Avaya Communication Manager 5.1 and earlier Low Upgrade to CM 5.2 or later.
Avaya Intuity AUDIX LX All Low This will not be addressed as no further releases are planned.
Avaya EMMC All Low This will not be addressed as no further releases are planned.
Avaya Message Storage Server All Low See recommended actions below.  This issue will be addressed in accordance with Avaya's Product Security Vulnerability Response Policy
Avaya Message Networking All Low See recommended actions below.  This issue will be addressed in accordance with Avaya's Product Security Vulnerability Response Policy
Avaya SIP Enablement Services 5.1 and earlier Low Upgrade to SES 5.2 or later.
Avaya Voice Portal 3.x, 4.x Low Upgrade to VP 5.0 or later.
Avaya Meeting Exchange All Low See recommended actions below.  This issue will be addressed in accordance with Avaya's Product Security Vulnerability Response Policy
Avaya Proactive Contact 4.0, 4.1 Low Upgrade to PC 4.1.1 or later.
Avaya AES All Low Upgrade to AES 4.2.2 or later.

Recommended Actions:
For all vulnerable system products, 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.
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.
Voice Portal Depending on the Operating System provided by customers, the affected package may be installed on the underlying Operating System supporting the Voice Portal application.

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.

5. Disclaimer:

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6. Revision History:

V 1.0 - December 1, 2008 - Initial Statement issued.
V 2.0 - May 5, 2009 - Changed CM affected versions and actions.
V 3.0 - May 7, 2009 - Changed SES affected versions and actions.
V 4.0 - May 29, 2009 - Changed IALX, VP, PC, and AES acions and PC affected versions.

Send information regarding any discovered security problems with Avaya products to either the contact noted in the product's documentation or securityalerts@avaya.com.

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