SGI IRIX XFS application denial service

irix-xfs-dos (8839) The risk level is classified as LowLow Risk


IRIX XFS file system is vulnerable to a denial of service attack against any program on the system. The XFS file system is the default file system for IRIX 6.5.x. In SGI IRIX versions 6.5 through 6.5.1, if a local attacker could create a malicious file, the attacker would cause any program that attempts to access the file system to hang.


Denial of Service


Upgrade to the latest version of SGI IRIX (6.5.15 or later), as listed in SGI Security Advisory 20020402-01-P. See References.


  • SGI Security Advisory 20020402-01-P: IRIX XFS filesystem denial of service attack.
  • BID-4511: IRIX XFS Filesystem Local Denial of Service Attack
  • CVE-2002-0042: Vulnerability in the XFS file system for SGI IRIX before 6.5.12 allows local users to cause a denial of service (hang) by creating a file that is not properly processed by XFS.
  • OSVDB ID: 5417: IRIX XFS File System Malformed File DoS

Platforms Affected:

  • SGI IRIX 6.5
  • SGI IRIX 6.5.1
  • SGI IRIX 6.5.10f
  • SGI IRIX 6.5.10m
  • SGI IRIX 6.5.11f
  • SGI IRIX 6.5.11m
  • SGI IRIX 6.5.2
  • SGI IRIX 6.5.3
  • SGI IRIX 6.5.4
  • SGI IRIX 6.5.5
  • SGI IRIX 6.5.6
  • SGI IRIX 6.5.7
  • SGI IRIX 6.5.8
  • SGI IRIX 6.5.9


Apr 15, 2002

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