IRIX Security

Silicon Graphics FAQs


In an effort to solve the many security FAQs which pop up, I’ve written a security HOWTO for IRIX. It contains step by step instructions on how to secure your 6.5 system.

The current version is 0.1, and it can be viewed here: irix_security_howto_0.1.pdf PDF icon

Please send any questions or feedback.



SGI provides security patches, as well as recommended/required patch sets, for free.
For some of the patches, you’ll need a Supportfolio username and password to download them – you can apply for one here.


Other Security Resources

  • CERT – the Computer Emergency Response Team co-ordinates reports of vulnerabilities, and has a fairly comprehensive list of vulnerabilities, plus information on vendor-supplied fixes (and where to get them from)

  • SANS – the SANS Institute was founded in 1989 as a co-operative research and education organisation. It’s one of the premier computer security organisations – lots of helpful information here.

  • SecurityFocus has grown out of the BugTraq mailing list – it contains archives of vulnerabilities, archives of security related mailing lists, exploits, discussions – the works. You should subscribe to the BugTraq mailing list – it’s well worth it.

  • If you have one of the newer SGI Visual Workstations, running Windows, then you should also subscribe to the NTBugTraq mailing list

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