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SuSE Security Announcement: eperl

Mar 28, 2001, 22:26 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thomas Biege)

Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2001 12:27:13 +0200 (CEST)
From: Thomas Biege thomas@suse.de
To: suse-security-announce@suse.com
Subject: [suse-security-announce] SuSE Security Announcement: eperl (SuSE-SA:2001:08)


                        SuSE Security Announcement

        Package:                eperl
        Announcement-ID:        SuSE-SA:2001:08
        Date:                   Tuesday, March 27th, 2001 16.00 MEST
        Affected SuSE versions: 6.3, 6.4, 7.0, 7.1
        Vulnerability Type:     local and remote compromise
        Severity (1-10):        6
        SuSE default package:   no
        Other affected systems: all system using eperl package

        Content of this advisory:
        1) security vulnerability resolved: eperl
           problem description, discussion, solution and upgrade information
        2) pending vulnerabilities, solutions, workarounds
        3) standard appendix (further information)

1) problem description, brief discussion, solution, upgrade information

The ePerl program is a interpreter for the Embedded Perl 5 Language. It's main purpose is to serve as Webserver scripting language for dynamic HTML page programming. Besides this it could also serve as a standalone Unix filter.

Fumitoshi Ukai and Denis Barbier have found several potential buffer overflows, which could lead to local privilege escalation if installed setuid (note: it's not installed setuid per default) or to remote compromise.

There is currently no efficient measure against the security problems in the eperl perl interpreter other than not using or updating it. SuSE provides update packages for the defective software.

SuSE Linux version before 6.3 don't include the eperl package.

Download the update package from locations described below and install the package with the command `rpm -Uhv file.rpm'. The md5sum for each file is in the line below. You can verify the integrity of the rpm files using the command
`rpm --checksig --nogpg file.rpm',
independently from the md5 signatures below.

i386 Intel Platform:

SuSE-7.1
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/7.1/d2/eperl-2.2.14-206.i386.rpm
e613b06d47dcfb7bbcea8c3d0c0e678b
source rpm:
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/7.1/zq1/eperl-2.2.14-206.src.rpm
c58a95f3b8ae757ea4d72f3157e2ea62

SuSE-7.0
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/7.0/d1/eperl-2.2.14-203.i386.rpm
e66520cc0062e25495941542dd5b1f82
source rpm:
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/7.0/zq1/eperl-2.2.14-203.src.rpm
34d6682524154c9fb7b5fbec4f4ea82e

SuSE-6.4
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/6.4/d1/eperl-2.2.14-203.i386.rpm
4b6a5a89899320a8eeb35c149ae111f5
source rpm:
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/6.4/zq1/eperl-2.2.14-203.src.rpm
062b14716e52f2649f4380a6a6e4e7f9

SuSE-6.3
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/6.3/d1/eperl-2.2.14-202.i386.rpm
ba75d7f4a64329a3b5c324b3f0742575
source rpm:
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/6.3/zq1/eperl-2.2.14-202.src.rpm
c7ae001d4668ba3a0524f94429b1e4e6

Sparc Platform:

SuSE-7.1
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/sparc/update/7.1/d2/eperl-2.2.14-193.sparc.rpm
9752f8b9df6ac1ffdc68cb4b552d6491
source rpm:
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/sparc/update/7.1/zq1/eperl-2.2.14-193.src.rpm
f09a1ce9288c201ae63e193914fc84ce

SuSE-7.0
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/sparc/update/7.0/d1/eperl-2.2.14-191.sparc.rpm
900eddc134215569fc88d11ce14c11f3
source rpm:
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/sparc/update/7.0/zq1/eperl-2.2.14-191.src.rpm
76aaa0efa8ae1c84b80201f73462fc26

AXP Alpha Platform:

SuSE-7.0
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/axp/update/7.0/d1/eperl-2.2.14-195.alpha.rpm
d7b4be8d988f8cd501a33f9d2fb12a07
source rpm:
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/axp/update/7.0/zq1/eperl-2.2.14-195.src.rpm
b0379287f9078fcd244cc720fad92c4d

SuSE-6.4
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/axp/update/6.4/d1/eperl-2.2.14-195.alpha.rpm
78241206bc1b3927effdb5b1aa4d0ed5
source rpm:
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/axp/update/6.4/zq1/eperl-2.2.14-195.src.rpm
325a04ec8c5c3da6b9c2fdf4e2c6c901

SuSE-6.3
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/axp/update/6.3/d1/eperl-2.2.14-194.alpha.rpm
88a09004e5c0c2e6174785207e111318
source rpm:
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/axp/update/6.3/zq1/eperl-2.2.14-194.src.rpm
a04cfa3e64aac49f6c148992e9a50189

PPC Power PC Platform:

SuSE-7.1
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/ppc/update/7.1/d2/eperl-2.2.14-178.ppc.rpm
3e05c702aca97db476155054d113ff95
source rpm:
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/ppc/update/7.1/zq1/eperl-2.2.14-178.src.rpm
67849b0c1c053eca482508fe2eac3042

SuSE-7.0
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/ppc/update/7.0/d1/eperl-2.2.14-177.ppc.rpm
35584e2f1bcebced98fad2ae241824da
source rpm:
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/ppc/update/7.0/zq1/eperl-2.2.14-177.src.rpm
98046dce35c4adfba57cc54c018376d7

SuSE-6.4
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/ppc/update/6.4/d1/eperl-2.2.14-176.ppc.rpm
9c36bad7ec2e8f6c31307729c7d21bc8
source rpm:
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/ppc/update/6.4/zq1/eperl-2.2.14-176.src.rpm
eeaf1144dd659fe13b6a943bf40bf65b

S/390 Platform:

SuSE-7.0
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/s390/update/7.0/d1/eperl-2.2.14-182.s390.rpm
416974a30c9c9e435e028f2807e15a51
source rpm:
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/s390/update/7.0/zq1/eperl-2.2.14-182.src.rpm
b14c7d9cbb969cda54b0d9f599f1b5cc


2) Pending vulnerabilities in SuSE Distributions and Workarounds:

- We are in the process of preparing update packages for the man package which has been found vulnerable to a commandline format string bug. The man command is installed suid man on SuSE systems. When exploited, the bug can be used to install a different man binary to introduce a trojan into the system. As an interim workaround, we recommend to `chmod -s /usr/bin/man´ and ignore the warnings and errors when viewing manpages.

- The file browser MidnightCommander (mc) is vulnerable to unwanted program execution. Updates are currently being built.

- Two bugs were found in the text editor vim. These bugs are currently being fixed.

- A bufferoverflow in sudo was discovered and fixed RPMs will be available as soon as possible. A exploit was not made public until now.


3) standard appendix:

SuSE runs two security mailing lists to which any interested party may subscribe:

    suse-security@suse.com
        -   general/linux/SuSE security discussion.
            All SuSE security announcements are sent to this list.
            To subscribe, send an email to
                suse-security-subscribe@suse.com.

    suse-security-announce@suse.com
        -   SuSE's announce-only mailing list.
            Only SuSE's security annoucements are sent to this list.
            To subscribe, send an email to
                suse-security-announce-subscribe@suse.com.

    For general information or the frequently asked questions (faq)
    send mail to:
        suse-security-info@suse.com or
        suse-security-faq@suse.com respectively.


    SuSE's security contact is security@suse.com.


The information in this advisory may be distributed or reproduced, provided that the advisory is not modified in any way. SuSE GmbH makes no warranties of any kind whatsoever with respect to the information contained in this security advisory.