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Debian Security Advisory: New version of cron released

Jan 29, 2001, 08:51 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martin Schulze)

Date: Sat, 27 Jan 2001 23:49:54 +0100
From: Martin Schulze
To: Debian Security Announcements
Subject: [SECURITY] [DSA 024-1] New version of cron released

Debian Security Advisory DSA-024-1                                                                       Martin Schulze 
January 27, 2001

Package        : cron
Vulnerability  : local insecure crontab handling
Debian-specific: no
The FreeBSD team has found a bug in the way new crontabs were handled which allowed malicious users to display arbitrary crontab files on the local system. This only affects valid crontab files so can't be used to get access to /etc/shadow or something. crontab files are not especially secure anyway, as there are other ways they can leak. No passwords or similar sensitive data should be in there.

We recommend you upgrade your cron packages.

wget url
        will fetch the file for you
dpkg -i file.deb
        will install the referenced file.
You may use an automated update by adding the resources from the footer to the proper configuration.

Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 alias potato

Potato was released for the alpha, arm, i386, m68k, powerpc and sparc architectures.

Source archives:
MD5 checksum: 4c64aece846f8483daf440f8e3dd210f
MD5 checksum: c67b27e4ebf1c87abd244dea3a8765d4
MD5 checksum: 5a3fcbbc881d50894ecbc8222bf22238

Intel ia32 architecture:
MD5 checksum: 4abf3f6a66449b22cd66dd89390f3b92

Motorola 680x0 architecture:
MD5 checksum: 75836da00014f8a7cd19a9bf15a35324

Sun Sparc architecture:
MD5 checksum: 0f36ced2b9034efc4a4a4c27e24741b2

Alpha architecture:
MD5 checksum: 4ab47059690eaaefdcd7fd76dfcea7dc

PowerPC architecture:
MD5 checksum: 9e719f0e0184b6a74aaf9ee46512e582

ARM architecture:
MD5 checksum: fbadf2d251f3ca9c93ba3976368bdf46

These files will be moved into*/binary-$arch/ soon.

For not yet released architectures please refer to the appropriate directory$arch/ .

For apt-get: deb stable/updates main
For dpkg-ftp: dists/stable/updates/main
Mailing list:
Package info: `apt-cache show <pkg>' and<pkg>