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HP-UX kermit contains local buffer overflow that allows denial-of-service

Vulnerability Note VU#124352

Original Release Date: 2001-01-18 | Last Revised: 2001-07-18


The HP-UX version of kermit contains a buffer overflow that allows local users to prevent other users from running kermit.


Kermit is a file transfer protocol that has been implemented by Hewlett-Packard for use on their systems. On December 21, 2000, HP released a security bulletin regarding a local buffer overflow that affects the kermit client present in HP-UX versions 10.01, 10.10, 10.20, and 11.00.


This vulnerability allows local users to create a denial of service attack that prevents other users from running the kermit program.


HP has provided patches for each of the affected versions; please see the vendor section of this document for further details.

Vendor Information


Hewlett Packard Affected

Updated:  April 05, 2001



Vendor Statement

We have not received a statement from the vendor.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.


HP has released a Security Bulletin to address this issue; for further information, please visit and search for "HPSBUX0012-135". Please note that registration may be required to access this document.

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This document was written by Jeffrey P. Lanza.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2001-0085
Severity Metric: 0.93
Date Public: 2000-12-21
Date First Published: 2001-01-18
Date Last Updated: 2001-07-18 20:15 UTC
Document Revision: 14

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