HP-UX Software Distributor (SD) swinstall command could allow unauthorized file viewing

hp-sd-view-files (9207) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk


Software Distributor package (SD) for HP-UX could allow a local attacker to view sensitive information. A local attacker could use the swinstall command to open data views in files that should not be available for viewing.


Obtain Information


Apply the appropriate patch for your system, as listed in Hewlett-Packard Company Security Bulletin HPSBUX0205-194. See References.


  • Hewlett-Packard Company Security Bulletin HPSBUX0205-194: Sec. Vulnerability in SD in HP-UX 11.00 and 11.11. (From SecurityFocus archive.)
  • BID-4886: HP-UX SD Data View Denial Of Service Vulnerability
  • CVE-2002-0798: Vulnerability in swinstall for HP-UX 11.00 and 11.11 allows local users to view obtain data views for files that cannot be directly read by the user, which reportedly can be used to cause a denial of service.
  • OSVDB ID: 9634: HP-UX swinstall Arbitrary File Access DoS

Platforms Affected:

  • HP HP-UX 11.00
  • HP HP-UX 11.11


May 29, 2002

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