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SuSE Security Advisory: pbpg-1.x

Sep 21, 1999, 01:34 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Via the suse-security-announce mailing list... ]


SuSE Security Announcement

Package: pbpg-1.x
Date: Tue Sep 21 00:35:49 MEST 1999
Affected: all Linux distributions using pbpg


A security hole was discovered in the package mentioned above. Please update as soon as possible or disable the service if you are using this software on your SuSE Linux installation(s).

Other Linux distributions or operating systems might be affected as well, please contact your vendor for information about this issue.

Please note, that that we provide this information on as "as-is" basis only. There is no warranty whatsoever and no liability for any direct, indirect or incidental damage arising from this information or the installation of the update package.


  1. Problem Description

    The /usr/bin/pg and /usr/bin/pb tools can be used to read any file on the system.

  2. Impact

    An attacker can read e.g the /etc/shadow file or private email.

  3. Solution

    Updated the pbpg package from our FTP server.


Here are the md5 checksums of the upgrade packages, please verify these before installing the new packages:

 a3591927cdb148abdc32b677fa5caa33  pbpg-1.2-0.i386.rpm

You will find the update on our ftp-Server:

ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/6.2/ham1/pbpg-1.2-0.i386.rpm

Webpage for patches:

http://www.suse.de/patches/index.html

or try the following web pages for a list of mirrors:

http://www.suse.de/ftp.html
http://www.suse.com/ftp_new.html