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Thanks Roberto,

That can help me with some direction. I have to provide guidance and automated shell scripts for Sun, HP, AIX and Redhat. I new about the changelog for Redhat, but didn't know about the krb5-config command.

Jason Mackanick, CISSP
DISA FSO Support & Standards Section
Technical Support Team

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On Wed, Jan 09, 2008 at 10:53:11AM -0500, Mackanick, Jason W CTR DISA GIG-OP wrote:
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> Various vendors for unix package kerberos with the operating system.
> Is there a method to determine the version number for compliance
> purposes with items such as advisories that are propagated to a CVE?


Assuming that the vendor ships the kerberos development packages, something like this might be what you want:

krb5-config --version
Kerberos 5 release 1.4.4

A cursory look would tell you that I am vulnerable to a heap of CVEs related to Kerberos.

However, in my case I am running Debian Etch. Debian has a policy of not introducing new upstream versions just to patch security fixes, so they always do targeted security fixes. So, the version installed on my machine is something like this:

apt-cache policy libkrb5-dev |grep Installed
Installed: 1.4.4-7etch4

Looking at the package changelog, there are several entries (4, in fact) like this:

krb5 (1.4.4-7etch4) stable-security; urgency=emergency

* Fix bug in fix for CVE-2007-3999: the previous patch could allow an
overflow of up to 32 bytes. Depending on how locals are layed out on
the stack, this may or may not be a problem.

-- Sam Hartman Tue, 04 Sep 2007 19:51:49 -0400

The total number of CVEs noted in the changelog for the current release is six. So, while a look at the raw version number as reported by Kerberos looks bad, further infestigation shows that I am OK in that department (assuming there have only been six CVEs total since the release of 1.4.4; I have not checked).

So, I guess it depends in part on your Unix vendor's security policy.
Since you are .mil, you are most probably using Solaris. I know that Sun deploys packages (you can access information about them using pkginfo), but that about exhausts my knowledge of Solaris-specific sysadmin knowledge. So, if sun ships detailed changelogs with their packages (like Debian does), you might be able to glean the necessary information from there.


Roberto C. Sánchez
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