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SuSE Security Advisory: 2.2beta47 within nkita

Nov 15, 1999, 02:57 (0 Talkback[s])

SuSE Security Announcement

Package: nfs-server < 2.2beta47 within nkita
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 1999 02:12:50 GMT

Affected SuSE versions: all
Vulnerability Type: remote root compromise
SuSE default package: yes (not activated by default)
Other affected systems: all linux systems using the nfs-server


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-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 rpc.nfsd which is part of the nfs-server package was found to have two remote vulnerabilities.

2. Impact

Via a buffer overflow, remote root access can be achieved. Write access to the local filesystem which is exported is necessary. Another security problem are improper root_sqash export handlings.

3. Solution

Updated the package from our FTP server.


Please verify these md5 checksums of the updates before installing:

f03592bc738b6fa5cfa2f3a21250125a ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/axp/update/6.1/a1/nkita-99.11.11-0.alpha.rpm
c4fd6ad2029165a14e26140c56c64a06 ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/6.1/a1/nkita-99.11.11-0.i386.rpm
75c7b4aa20d13f4b81428013690fbf3f ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/6.2/a1/nkita-99.11.11-0.i386.rpm


You can find updates on our ftp-Server:

ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update for Intel processors
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/axp/update for Alpha processors

or try the following web pages for a list of mirrors:
http://www.suse.de/ftp.html
http://www.suse.com/ftp_new.html

Our webpage for patches:
http://www.suse.de/patches/index.html

Our webpage for security announcements:
http://www.suse.de/security

If you want to report vulnerabilities, please contact security@suse.de


SuSE has got two free security mailing list services to which any interested party may subscribe:

suse-security@suse.com - moderated and for general/linux/SuSE security discussions. All SuSE security announcements are send to this list.

suse-security-announce@suse.com - SuSE's announce-only mailing list. Only SuSE's security annoucements are sent to this list.

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This information is provided freely to everyone interested and may be redistributed provided that it is not altered in any way.

Type Bits/KeyID    Date       User ID
pub  2048/3D25D3D9 1999/03/06 SuSE Security Team