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Red Hat Security Advisory: New gpm packages available

Apr 13, 2000, 18:58 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cristian Gafton)

Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2000 11:17:32 -0400 (EDT)
From: Cristian Gafton
Subject: [SECURITY] RHSA-2000:009-02.text: New gpm packages available

Red Hat, Inc. Security Advisory

Synopsis: gpm
Advisory ID: RHSA-2000:009-02
Issue date: 2000-04-07
Updated on: 2000-04-10
Product: Red Hat Linux
Keywords: gpm gpm-root gid 0 priviledge
Cross references: N/A

1. Topic:

gpm-root (part of the gpm packge) fails to drop gid 0 priviledges when executing user commands.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Linux 4.2 - alpha i386 sparc
Red Hat Linux 5.2 - i386 alpha sparc
Red Hat Linux 6.0 - alpha i386 sparc
Red Hat Linux 6.1 - i386 alpha sparc
Red Hat Linux 6.2 - alpha i386 sparc

3. Problem description:

gpm is a cut and paste utility and mouse server for virtual consoles. As part of this package, the gpm-root program allows people to define menus and actions for display when clicking on the background of current tty.

The current gpm-root program fails to correctly give up the group id 0 membership for user defined menus. If you are running gpm-root on your system then you are at risk.

4. Solution:

For each RPM for your particular architecture, run:

rpm -Fvh [filename]

where filename is the name of the RPM.

5. Bug IDs fixed for more info):

10340 - Exploit in gpm-root.
10644 - gpm security problem in gpm-root

6. Obsoleted by:


7. Conflicts with:


8. RPMs required:

Red Hat Linux 4.2:





Red Hat Linux 5.2:





Red Hat Linux 6.0, 6.1, 6.2:





9. Verification:

MD5 sum                           Package Name

b8278a5d0a867a2fd8e6ac4a927627cb 4.2/alpha/gpm-1.19.1-0.4.2.alpha.rpm
c5075756a0f74c36a94c78ccda496412 4.2/sparc/gpm-1.19.1-0.4.2.sparc.rpm
b3d87c92880a9bf80d0fd3ff944e907b 4.2/SRPMS/gpm-1.19.1-0.4.2.src.rpm
7112c804fd008e137f8d6551460c10d7 4.2/i386/gpm-1.19.1-0.4.2.i386.rpm
79ebec95b2d6e48f60d4e34cfdee6f93 5.2/i386/gpm-1.19.1-0.5.2.i386.rpm
c4cdced5149e773733458c234ede2ac7 5.2/SRPMS/gpm-1.19.1-0.5.2.src.rpm
330e555a09e7b5c85187d348dbf453e6 5.2/alpha/gpm-1.19.1-0.5.2.alpha.rpm
5ceda554f2549c100a88d6370e45e2f6 5.2/sparc/gpm-1.19.1-0.5.2.sparc.rpm
867c4316ec0645fd8e51b674646ef44d 6.2/alpha/gpm-1.19.1-1.alpha.rpm
fbeb89d319776e7eb3af1db15679e93f 6.2/sparc/gpm-1.19.1-1.sparc.rpm
86a800ce94206877edc4f6e88272deee 6.2/i386/gpm-1.19.1-1.i386.rpm
8dedce47f4e6aa7bbfb36d9630561cd4 6.2/SRPMS/gpm-1.19.1-1.src.rpm
These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat, Inc. for security. Our key is available at:

You can verify each package with the following command:
rpm --checksig

If you only wish to verify that each package has not been corrupted or tampered with, examine only the md5sum with the following command:
rpm --checksig --nogpg

10. References:

Thanks also go to Egmont Koblinger and the members of the Bugtraq list.