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UnixWorld Online: Tutorial Article No. 003

How to Improve Security on a Newly Installed SunOS 4.1.3 System

By Thomas M. Kroeger and Braden W. Carter

Questions regarding this article should be directed to the authors at
[email protected] or [email protected]

We'd like this document to remain current and evolve to become even more useful
to the Unix community. Please send Solaris 1.1 and 1.1.1 security tips not
covered here, along with any necessary pointers or references to
[email protected] We will include those we judge suitable along with a credit
for the contributor.


Our goal is to provide some of the more basic steps that you can do to improve
security on a newly installed SunOS 4.1.3 (Solaris 1.1 or 1.1.1) system.
Disclaimer: This is by no means an all-inclusive list of actions, just some of
the simple and more common measures. These recommendations come with no

The intended audience is anyone responsible for the system administration
duties of a machine running SunOS 4.1.3. These recommendations are applicable
to a stand-alone workstation, which may be connected to a larger network. It is
assumed that the reader has some familiarity with basic Unix system
administration. (You should be able to do a basic system installation by
yourself, install patches, and use an editor).

Please note that this list limits its coverage to measures that can be done for
a stand-alone workstation. In addition to the steps listed here, there are many
measures that can be taken to improve the security of an environment. For
example, filtering traffic to port 2049/udp at the routers will prevent NFS
calls from outside your domain. Such measures, while extremely helpful, can be
quite specific to individual system needs and can become quite involved. A
proper coverage of these issues would warrant a book, not a short write up.
More detailed coverage of these measures can be found in Reference 2.

The truly paranoid may wish to implement these recommendations while in single
user mode, as an extra measure of security to avoid possible subversive
shenanigans by a wily cracker.


Steps to Improve Security

   * Patches to Install
   * Network Changes
   * Kernel Changes
   * File system Changes
        o Editing Files
        o EEPROM Configuration
        o File Permissions
        o Install Random Number I-node Generator
   * ID Management Changes
   * Mail System Modifications
   * Packages for Better Security and Monitoring
   * References
   * Technical Note
   * Acknowledgments


Patches to Install

4.1.3 Security listing

     100103 SunOS 4.1;4.1.1;4.1.2;4.1.3: script to change file permissions
     100173 SunOS 4.1.1/4.1.2/4.1.3 : NFS Jumbo Patch
     100224 SunOS 4.1.1,4.1.2,4.1.3: /bin/mail jumbo patch *
     100257 SunOS 4.1.1;4.1.2;4.1.3: jumbo patch for, ldd, and ldconf
     100272 SunOS 4.1.3: Security update for in.comsat.
     100296 SunOS 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.1.3: netgroup exports to world
     100305 SunOS 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.1.3: lpr Jumbo Patch
     100372 SunOS 4.1.1;4.1.2;4.1.3: tfs and c2 do not work together
     100377 SunOS 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.1.3: sendmail jumbo patch
     100383 SunOS 4.0.3;4.1;4.1.1;4.1.2;4.1.3: rdist security and hard link *
     100448 OpenWindows 3.0: loadmodule is a security hole.
     100452 OpenWindows 3.0: XView 3.0 Jumbo Patch
     100478 OpenWindows 3.0: xlock crashes leaving system open
     100482 SunOS 4.1;4.1.1;4.1.2;4.1.3: ypserv and ypxfrd fix, plus DNS fix *
     100507 SunOS 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.1.3: tmpfs jumbo patch
     100513 SunOS 4.1.1;4.1.2;4.1.3: Jumbo tty patch
     100564 SunOS 4.1.2, 4.1.3: C2 Jumbo patch
     100593 SunOS 4.1.3: Security update for dump. *
     100623 SunOS 4.1.2;4.1.3: UFS jumbo patch
     100630 SunOS 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.1.3: SECURITY: methods to exploit login/su
     100631 SunOS 4.1.x: env variables can be used to exploit login(US only)
     100632 SunSHIELD 1.0: ARM jumbo patch release *
     100890 SunOS 4.1.3: domestic libc jumbo patch
     100891 SunOS 4.1.3: international libc jumbo patch
     100909 SunOS 4.1.1;4.1.2;4.1.3: Security update for syslogd.
     101072 SunOS 4.1.1;4.1.2;4.1.3: Non-related data filled the last block
     101080 SunOS 4.1.1 4.1.2 4.1.3: security problem with expreserve
     101200 SunOS 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.1.3: Breach of security using modload
     101206 ODS 1.0; NFS/fsirand security fix.
     101480 SunOS 4.1.1;4.1.2;4.1.3: Security update for in.talkd. *
     101482 SunOS 4.1.3, 4.1.2, 4.1.1: Security update for write. *
     101640 SunOS 4.1.3: in.ftpd logs password info when -d option is used.
     102023 SunOS 4.1.3: Root access possible via forced passwd race condition
     101710 ONLINE DISKSUITE (ODS) 1.0: Security update for dump.

4.1.3_UI Security listing

     101434 SunOS 4.1.3_U1: lpr Jumbo Patch
     101435 SunOS 4.1.3_U1: ypserv fix *
     101436 SunOS 4.1.3_U1: bin/mail jumbo patch *
     101440 SunOS 4.1.3_U1: security problem: methods to exploit login/su
     101558 SunOS 4.1.3_U1: international libc jumbo patch
     101579 SunOS 4.1.3_U1: Security problem with expreserve for Solaris 1. *
     101587 SunOS 4.1.3_U1: security patch for mfree and icmp redirect
     101590 ONLINE DISKSUITE (ODS) 1.0, NFS/fsirand security fix
     101621 SunOS 4.1.3_U1: Jumbo tty patch
     101665 SunOS 4.1.3_U1: sendmail jumbo patch *
     101679 SunOS 4.1.3_U1: Breach of security using modload
     101759 SunOS 4.1.3_U1: domestic libc jumbo patch

* Some patches may not be required if you are disabling this feature. If this
is the case, ensure that all relevant files have had their mode changed to
remove the set-user-ID bit with chmod u-s <file>.

Please also note that some patches may not necessarily apply, based on packages
installed (US Encryption...) or your configuration. Carefully check the README
file for each patch.

Patches are available via anonymous FTP from

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Network Changes

   * Disable source routing
          Source routing enables the originating host to dictate the route the
          packet will take. This can be used to spoof a system into believing
          that the packets are coming from a trusted source.
          Install source routing patch found in Reference 19.
     More Info
          Reference 2 Chap 2, Reference 19
   * Comment out all unnecessary services in /etc/inetd.conf
          RPC services can be used to gain access as well as information about
          a system. These are very site specific adjustments and will have to
          be tailored to your needs. Additionally, TCP wrappers can be used to
          improve logging, prevent IP spoofing (one host pretending to be
          another in order to gain access to a target node), and limit access
          to a service as well as totally removing it. Reference 4
          Edit the /etc/inetd.conf file and put a pound sign (#) in front of
          services that are not needed.
          Services possibly not needed, but probably desired include
             + ftp - possibly needed for file transfer, however if all you want
               is outgoing ftp then this is can be commented out
             + telnet - obvious (recommend restricting with TCP wrappers,
               Reference 4)
             + finger - probably better to get a modified version that doesn't
               give up much information
             + talk - nice to have but how much will you miss it?
          Services that are probably unnecessary (see man pages for details)
             + name - for name services, tnamed(8)
             + comsat - for mail, not necessary
             + login - for rlogin, please see discussion of ruserok
             + uucp - if you're not sure you're using this then you probably
               are not
             + exec - services for rexecd, best to do without
          Services recommended against using. (Find a way to live without
             + shell - for rsh, major source for security problems
             + tftp - only needed for support of an X terminal or diskless
               clients; doubtfully needed on a desktop machine
     More Info
          Reference 4, Reference 15, Reference 22 Chap 11
   * Enable NFS port monitoring (This is of value only if you are exporting
     file systems over NFS)
          Port monitoring ensures that calls to NFS to mount a file system come
          from a port number less than 1024 (in other words, a port that
          requires root access to use).
          The default /etc/rc.local file sets up port monitoring only if the
          file /etc/security/passwd.adjunct exists. Otherwise, if you will be
          implementing shadowing then you can skip over this step. If you will
          not be implementing shadowing and you will be exporting files then
          you should modify /etc/rc.local to do the following two lines,
          regardless of whether or not the passwd.adjunct file exists.

          echo "nfs_portmon/W1" | adb -w /vmunix /dev/kmem > /dev/null 2>&1
          One possible side effect is that non-Sun NFS client might not be able
          to mount exported files. Shadowing is covered under the ID Management
          Changes section.
     More Info
          Reference 3, pg. 177, and mountd(8C)
   * Ensure that ypbind is invoked with the -s option
          Users could easily start their own ypbind services and activate a
          phony NIS database giving them access as any user.
          As with port monitoring the default /etc/rc.local sets up ypbind in
          the secure mode, using the -s option, only if the file
          /etc/security/passwd.adjunct exists. If you will be implementing
          shadowing then you can skip over this step, otherwise you should
          modify /etc/rc.local to start ypbind with the -s option regardless of
          whether the passwd.adjunct file exists.
     More Info

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Kernel Changes

   * Disable IP forwarding
          This could be used to spoof an IP address on a machine with two
          network interfaces.
          Install the following line in the kernel configuration file:
               options "IPFORWARDING=-1"
     More Info
          For info on how to custom configure a kernel, see the file
   * Modify ruserok(3) in /usr/lib/ ( on 4.1.3_U1) to
        o root .rhosts authentication,
        o wildcards in .rhosts, or
        o .rhosts entirely, depending on desired security level.
          ruserok(3) is a library routine that does the checking of both the
          .rhosts and /etc/hosts.equiv files for all the ``r'' commands.
             + ruserok(3) uses the source IP address in the rpc request for
               authentication. There are no guarantees that this address is
               correct. This address can easily be spoofed, yielding
               illegitimate access to a system.
             + Crackers will often insert plus signs (+) into users' .rhosts
               file to allow them to gain access at a latter date. Most users
               don't look at their .rhosts file too often.
          While using .rhosts prevents crackers from sniffing your users'
          passwords, it also make them vulnerable to IP spoofing (claiming to
          be a host that you're not).
          To modify the source code requires a source code license. For those
          who wish to create their own modified version of ruserok(3) please
          see the technical note section at the end that describes some of the
          details for creating a custom
          Additionally the logdaemon package Reference 15 has a modified
          version of that helps with this.
          Finally TCP wrappers can also be used to restrict access to each
          individual ``r'' command. Reference 4
     More Info
          ruserok(3), hosts.equiv(5), source code file /lib/libc/net/rcmd.c,
          Reference 4, Reference 15
   * Uncomment security options in frame buffer table file /etc/fbtab
          Without these entries, ownership of console devices will not be
          properly set.
     More Info
   * Remove /dev/nit
          The /dev/nit device file is Sun's network interface, which can be
          used by crackers that have already broken into a machine to examine
          network packets for password information.
          Remove the device from the kernel's configuration and rebuild the
          kernel. (The following steps are taken from Reference 21)

           # cd /usr/kvm/sys/sun[3,3x,4,4c]/conf
           # cp CONFIG_FILE SYS_NAME

          Note that at this point, you should replace the CONFIG_FILE with your
          system specific configuration file, if one exists.

           # chmod +w SYS_NAME
           # vi SYS_NAME

              # The following are for streams NIT support.  NIT is used by
              # etherfind, traffic, rarpd, and ndbootd.  As a rule of thumb,
              # NIT is almost always needed on a server and almost never
              # needed on a diskless client.
              pseudo-device   snit            # streams NIT
              pseudo-device   pf              # packet filter
              pseudo-device   nbuf            # NIT buffering module

          Comment out the preceding three lines, then save and exit the editor
          before proceeding.

          # config SYS_NAME
          # cd ../SYS_NAME
          # make

          # mv /vmunix /vmunix.old
          # cp vmunix /vmunix

          # /etc/halt
          > b

          This step will reboot the system with the new kernel.
          Please note that even after the new kernel is installed, you need to
          take care to ensure that the previous kernel (for example,
          vmunix.old) is not used to reboot the system.
     More Info
          Reference 21

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File system Changes

   * Editing Files
        o Create the file ftpd-root/etc/ftpusers
               This file is a list of users that will not be allowed to access
               the system via ftp. This prevents Joe Cracker from using ftp to
               modify a file (such as /etc/passwd). If he is able to determine
               your root password, a shell provided via ftp could be used as a
               springboard for a superuser shell.
               Create the file ftpd-root/etc/ftpusers with the following
               entries (one per line), including any other existing accounts
               for which you don't want to allow ftp access.

                   root           daemon         sys          bin
                   nobody         uucp           news         ingres
                   AUpwdauthd     AUyppasswdd    sysdiag      sundiag

          More Info
        o Remove the plus sign (+) in /etc/hosts.equiv
               Well..... Everyone gains access with this.
               /etc/hosts.equiv should not have any comment lines.
          More Info
        o Edit /etc/exports and remove all entries you don't want exported.
          Ensure whatever entries remain have restricted access.
               NFS leaves the normal file system protection up to the client
               instead of the server. A cracker with root access on a client
               can work around many of these protections. As a result file
               systems exported to the world are particularly vulnerable.
               Edit the /etc/exports file to:
                 1. Only export what you need to export. If you aren't certain
                    that it needs to be exported, then it probably doesn't.
                 2. Never export to the world. Use the
                 3. Export the file systems read-only whenever possible, using
                    the ro option.
               You can use showmount -e to see what you currently have
          More Info
               exports(5), exportfs(8), showmount(8)
        o Use nosuid in mounts
               Use the nosuid option when adding entries to /etc/fstab to mount
               a file system exported by another host. Anyone gaining access to
               the other host can create or modify an existing program which
               could compromise your system. This doesn't work on tmpfs file
               Include the nosuid when you add an entry to /etc/fstab to import
               a file system.
          More Info
               Reference 3, pg. 175, fstab(5)
        o Edit /etc/ttytab to remove the secure option from all entries
               The secure entry in /etc/ttytab allows logins directly to root
               on that tty. If you feel that your machine is not in a
               physically secure location, you may choose to remove the secure
               option from the console as well. As a result you will first
               login as a user in the wheel group and then su to root.
          More Info
        o Edit syslog.conf to uncomment auth and mail lines
               This enables improved logging of system access and su's, but be
               prepared for voluminous reports.
          More Info

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   * EEPROM Configuration
        o Set eeprom secure field to ``command'' or ``full''
               If you feel that your machine is not in a secure location, then
               the eeprom secure field can be used to prevent unauthorized root
               access by crashing your machine.
               With the full option the system will not auto-reboot and will
               wait for the root password to be entered.
          More Info
        o Remove openprom support if you do not intend to use the eeprom secure
               A cracker who gains root access could install an eeprom password
               and make your life a bit harder.
               Remove the device driver from the kernel by commenting out the

                   # The "open EEPROM" pseudo-device is required to support the
                   # eeprom command.
                   pseudo-device   openeepr        # onboard configuration NVRAM

          More Info

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   * File Permissions
        o chmod 600 /dev/eeprom
               Prevents users from reading the eeprom passwd.
          More Info
        o Add umask 022 to /etc/rc and /.login
               Prevent key files created during startup and root operation from
               being created world writable.
               You may want to set umask in /.login to 077 instead of 022.
          More Info
               umask(1), rc(8)
        o chmod go-w /etc/*
          chmod go+w /etc/tmp
          chmod g+w /etc/dumpdates
               None of the files in the /etc directory should require write
               access by world except for dumpdate, which requires group write
               access, and tmp, which requires group and other write access.
          More Info
               chmod(1), aliases(5), state(5), utmp(5), remote(5), rmtab(5)
        o Edit /etc/rc.local to comment line(s) that chmod 666 motd
               /etc/motd is the standard message-of-the-day file. It won't
               allow people to gain root access, but it could be a nuisance if
               they can change this anonymously. Additionally, it is important
               to ensure that the line "rm -f /tmp/t1" is at the beginning of
               this portion of /etc/rc.local
        o Disable set-user-ID (chmod u-s file) for the following program files,
          unless you specifically use them:

          /usr/bin/cu             /usr/bin/tip            /usr/bin/fusage
          /usr/bin/nsquery        /usr/bin/uucp           /usr/bin/uuname
          /usr/bin/uustat         /usr/bin/uux            /usr/ucb/rcp
          /usr/ucb/rdist          /usr/ucb/rlogin         /usr/lib/uucp/uusched
          /usr/lib/uucp/uuxqt     /usr/ucb/rsh            /usr/lib/uucp/uucico
          /usr/games/hack         /usr/games/chesstool    /usr/games/fortune
          /usr/lib/exrecover      /usr/games/robots       /usr/lib/uucp/remote.unknown
          /usr/games/hack         /usr/games/snake        /usr/bin/sunview1/sv_release
          /usr/etc/rfsetup        /usr/bin/allocate       /usr/ucb/quota

               Disabling set-user-ID modes for those programs you don't use
               helps prevent would be crackers from exploiting unknown security
               flaws that could be used to compromise your system.
               /usr/bin/allocate is used with C2 security.
               /usr/ucb/quota is used with disk quotas.
               /usr/lib/expreserve is used to recover a vi edit session that
               If the following programs are only run by root:

               /usr/etc/shutdown       /usr/lib/acct/accton

               they don't need to be set-user-ID.
          More Info
               Reference 22 Chap 4, lots of man pages ;-)
        o Disable set-group-ID mode (chmod g-s program-file) for the following
          files unless you specifically use them:

          /usr/bin/wall           /usr/etc/trpt           /usr/bin/sunview1/toolplaces
          /usr/bin/iostat         /usr/bin/ipcs           /usr/ucb/vmstat
          /usr/ucb/netstat        /usr/etc/arp            /usr/etc/dmesg
          /usr/etc/dkinfo         /usr/etc/chill          /usr/etc/dumpfs
          /usr/etc/devinfo        /usr/etc/nfsstat        /usr/old/perfmon
          /openwin/bin/xload      /usr/kvm/pstat          /usr/kvm/crash
          /usr/kvm/getcons        /usr/etc/kgmon          /usr/etc/trpt

               Disabling set-group-ID modes for programs that you won't need
               helps prevent would be crackers from exploiting unknown security
          More Info
               Reference 22, chap 4, lots of man pages ;-)
        o chmod 640 /vmunix and chgrp kmem /vmunix
               Prevent crackers from finding out more about your kernel

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   * Install Random Number I-node Generator on File systems fsirand
          Predictable root handles assists crackers in abusing NFS. After
          installing the patch for fsirand you'll need to run fsirand for all
          your file systems.
          Ensure the file system is unmounted and run fsirand.
     More Info
          fsirand(8), SunOS patch 100173 (NFS Jumbo), Reference 22 pg. 268

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ID Management Changes

   * Disable set-user-ID mode for passwd program (if using NIS) or disable -F
     option in /bin/passwd program.
          Here two scenarios exist.
            1. If you are using NIS for your user database, you don't need
               /bin/passwd to be set-user-ID root. The same applies to the two
               hard links pointing to /bin/passwd, namely /bin/chfn and
            2. If you are using NIS and you want to support password
               modification in the your local /etc/passwd file, then please
               note that /bin/passwd has a race condition that can be exploited
               to write to files as root, allowing a cracker to gain root
          Because rpc.yppasswdd runs as user-ID root on the NIS server, neither
          yppasswd, ypchfn, nor ypchsh need to be set-user-ID root.
          No matter which of the above scenarios you wish to implement, do
               cd /bin; chmod u-s yppasswd ypchfn ypchsh

          Then, choose one of these options.
            1. To disable /bin/passwd, do
               cd /bin; chmod u-s passwd chfn chsh
            2. Otherwise, to allow users to modify /etc/passwd via passwd,
               chfn, or chsh, either.
                  + Replace /bin/passwd with a proactive passwd program that
                    checks for bad passwords (Reference 7), or
                  + do a binary edit of /bin/passwd (Sun's code) from the
                    prompt, as shown below.

                    # cd /bin
                    # cp passwd passwd.old; chmod 700 passwd.old
                    # adb -w - passwd
                    not core file = passwd
                    /l 'F:'
                    0x68de/w 0
                    0x68de:         0x463a  =       0x0
                    # chmod 4711 /bin/passwd

                    Note that the above address, 0x68de, is required for the
                    0x68de/w 0 step.
          The following files should all contain the same code, and be
          set-user-ID root (unless disabled as discussed above). If you intend
          to use any of these, ensure they are a link to the modified file

          yppasswd       ypchfn       ypchsh       chfn       chsh

     More Info
          Reference 6
   * Remove sync entry from the password file
          This account is used to let administrators ``sync'' the file system
          before a system crash. By default, sync has no password, allowing it
          to be abused to gain access to the system. The simplest solution is
          to live without this feature and remove this account.
     More Info
   * Implement password shadowing
          To restrict access to all users' encrypted passwords. Even though
          passwords are encrypted, Crack (a publicly available program) can be
          used to effectively guess users' passwords. Reference 20
          This can be done one of two different ways.
            1. By implementing Sun's C2 security package, which provides
               additional auditing. I've found that this auditing can be
               troublesome to maintain and I didn't have need for the extensive
            2. The second option is to implement shadowing but not C2, this
               procedure is fully explained in detail in Reference 5. In
                  + Ensure patch 100564 is installed, (note this also
                    implements securenets for NIS),
                  + split /etc/passwd into /etc/passwd and
                  + divide /etc/group into /etc/group and
                  + add required Audit users (even if not implementing
                  + comment out the part of /etc/rc.local that starts audit,
                  + reboot.
          The existence of the /etc/security/passwd.adjunct file has several
          other effects in rc.local that improves system security (ypbind -s
          and rpc.mountd without -n).
     More Info Reference 5
   * Ensure all accounts have passwords
          Any account without a password provides open access to your system.
          Note that as delivered the /etc/passwd file has no password for the
          ``root'' account!
     More Info

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Mail System Modifications

     The sendmail program itself has been notorious for numerous bugs that can
     give crackers root access illegitimately. This is a huge topic and should
     be a paper or book in itself. We claim no expertise here. ;-) Even so,
     there are several different possible configurations and options that will
     be outlined before we point you to further references.

     Host configuration:
       1. If you intend to send and receive mail directly on your machine, your
          options are to:
             + live with sendmail by installing the newest version, following a
               few guidelines, or
                  + Ensure a mail file is always in existence for all users.
                    Reference 10 and Reference 11
                  + chmod u-s /bin/mail and change sendmail to use "procmail"
                    or mail.local. Reference 17
                  + Change sendmail default user-ID in to 65534.
                  + Turn on security features of sendmail, including

                    Opauthwarnings  needmailhelo  noexpn  novrfy  restrictmailq

                    Reference 2 and Reference 9

             + install Zmailer. Reference 8
                    Zmailer does not use the /bin/mail program so chmod u-s
       2. If your mail delivery is handled by another host then your system
          should only need to support outgoing mail. To prevent the sendmail
          daemon from being started, comment out the line(s) in /etc/rc.local
          that invoke sendmail. For outgoing mail,
             + install latest version of sendmail, or
                  + see previous comments in this section for things to change
                    in sendmail config,
                  + chmod u-s /bin/mail, since mail delivery is being handled
                    by main mail host there is no need for /bin/mail to be
             + install Zmailer. Reference 8
                    Zmailer does not use /bin/mail so chmod u-s /bin/mail.
       3. No need for mail whatsoever on this machine--incoming, outgoing, or
          internal. This is certainly the most secure mode because e-mail will
          not be able to be sent from or to this machine. This basic
          restriction of outside access will prevent abuse of that service.
               To disable mail totally,
             + chmod u-s /usr/lib/sendmail /usr/lib/ /bin/mail
             + comment out the line(s) in /etc/rc.local that invoke Sendmail.

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Packages for Better Security and Monitoring

   * Tripwire, Reference 13
          (Be sure to include all set-user- and set-group-ID files in your
   * Tcp wrappers, Reference 4
   * COPS, Reference 14
          Set up to run each night. Be careful to check the bit bucket output
          to ensure that it is working properly.
   * Modified portmapper, login, rshd, rlogind, pidentd from W. Venema,
     Reference 15
   * TAMU Tiger Scripts, Reference 16
   * xinetd, an improved version of inetd, Reference 23

Note: the Australian group SERT (Reference 18) has put together a package named
MegaPatch that includes several of these packages as well as many of the
patches to SunOS previously mentioned.

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[1] Dan Farmer & Wietse Venema, "Improving the security of your Site by
Breaking Into it", 1993.

[2] W. Cheswick & S. Bellovin, "Firewalls and Internet Security",
Addison-Wesley, April 94.

[3] H. Stern, "Managing NFS & NIS", O'Reilly & Associates, April 92.

[4] Wietse Venema, "TCP WRAPPER: Network monitoring, access control and booby
traps" (, Proceedings of the
Third Usenix Unix Security Symposium, pg. 85-92. (text version) ( tcp wrapper
package -- look for most recent version of tcp_wrappers_*.shar.Z)

[5] Eric Oliver, "How to shadow without C2 Auditing", June 94.

[6] [8lgm]-Advisory-7.UNIX.passwd.11-May-1994.NEWFIX

[7] Proactive password changing programs (passwd+, npasswd) (There are several
this is the only one who's URL I had available) anlpasswd (look for most recent
version of anlpasswd-*.tar.Z), passwdd (look for the most recent version of

[8] Zmailer package, and the README file (

[9] Bryan Costales, Eric Allman, and Neil Rickert, "Sendmail", O'Reilly &
Associates, June 93.

8lgm advisories are available though the 8lgm file server at
[email protected] Please note that you must include
information about which advisory you want. To get instructions, include the
word help in the message body.

[10] [8lgm]-Advisory-5.UNIX.mail.24-Jan-1992
[11] [8lgm]-Advisory-5.UNIX.mail.24-Jan-1992.PATCH
[12] [8lgm]-Advisory-6.UNIX.mail2.2-May-1994

[13] Gene Kim & Gene Spafford Tripwire, 1994.

[14] Dan Farmer & Gene Spafford Cops, 1990.

[15] Wietse Venema portmapper, login, rshd, rlogind portmap, logdaemon

[16] Safford et. al. TAMU tiger script, 1993.

[17] Local mail delivery agents including procmail, mail.local (by Joerg
Czeranski). (

[18] SERT's MegaPatch (

[19] Source Routing Patch

[20] Crack (

[21] CERT Advisory CA-94:01

[22] Simson Garfinkel and Gene Spafford "Practical Unix Security", O'Reilly &
Associates, June 1991.

[23] "xinetd-2.1.2"

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Technical Note

We felt that this item was not really directed toward our targeted audience,
yet still worth mention:

Customizing ruserok(3)

     If you have source license to 4.1.3, modify the routine ruserok(3) to
     return -1 for the cases you wish to disallow. To disable .rhosts
     authentication entirely, simply have this routine return -1. Look at the
     /usr/lib/shlib.etc/README file for how to modify
     Note to also make the following changes:
        o In the file /usr/lib/shlib.etc/README below the line:
          % mv rpc_commondata. rpc_commondata.o

          % mv xccs.multibyte. xccs.multibyte.o

        o In the Makefile, change the lines below to read as they do here.


        o Add the -ldl option at the end of both ld command lines.
More Info
     ruserok(3), hosts.equiv(5) source code file /lib/libc/net/rcmd.c Reference
     4, Reference 15

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Thanks to all the people in who offered their suggestions,
and thanks to the following people for their kind review:

     [email protected] (Gene Spafford)
     [email protected] (Becky Goodman)
     andy[email protected] (Andy Smith)

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Thomas M. Kroeger ([email protected]) / Braden W. Carter ([email protected])
Copyright ©1995 by Thomas M. Kroeger and Braden W. Carter. All Rights Reserved.
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