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Debian Security Advisory: New version of sendfile fixes local root exploit

Apr 20, 2001, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001 00:36:30 +0200
From: Martin Schulze <joey@finlandia.infodrom.north.de>
Subject: [SECURITY] [DSA 050-1] New version sendfile fix local root exploit


Debian Security Advisory DSA 050-1                       security@debian.org
http://www.debian.org/security/                               Martin Schulze
April 20, 2001

Package : sendfile
Vulnerability : broken privileges dropping, broken tempfile
Type : local root exploit
Debian-specific: no

Colin Phipps and Daniel Kobras discovered and fixed several serious bugs in the daemon `sendfiled' which caused it to drop privileges incorrectly. Exploiting this a local user can easily make it execute arbitrary code under root privileges.

We recommend you upgrade your sendfile packages immediately.

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:


    http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/source/sendfile_2.1-20.2.diff.gz
      MD5 checksum: b5ba5230deef00b0cf815cb79edd5033
    http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/source/sendfile_2.1-20.2.dsc
      MD5 checksum: 48e5cc3435e2432e41299c31bb08f1a4
    http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/source/sendfile_2.1.orig.tar.gz
      MD5 checksum: cff003126595d8e77143c42ef898dc10

  Alpha architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-alpha/sendfile_2.1-20.2_alpha.deb
      MD5 checksum: df6c0c2d24eeb20d8d4ca7ccce295f4f

  ARM architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-arm/sendfile_2.1-20.2_arm.deb
      MD5 checksum: cecd8e7489dfc4b663e3d99e63d8b086
Intel ia32 architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-i386/sendfile_2.1-20.2_i386.deb
      MD5 checksum: e519872a28daeb614e235650b7cd88bd

  Motorola 680x0 architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-m68k/sendfile_2.1-20.2_m68k.deb
      MD5 checksum: 313aa66e64c0509c041ff58a29be6c86

  PowerPC architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-powerpc/sendfile_2.1-20.2_powerpc.deb
      MD5 checksum: a2d2a9829642c9d20efeb5443d17990c

  Sun Sparc architecture:

    http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-sparc/sendfile_2.1-20.2_sparc.deb
      MD5 checksum: 0e9722314cc01e8d0ad47781c1d0964c

These files will be moved into
ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/stable/*/binary-$arch/ soon.

For not yet released architectures please refer to the appropriate directory ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/sid/binary-$arch/ .


For apt-get: deb http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main
For dpkg-ftp: ftp://security.debian.org/debian-security dists/stable/updates/main
Mailing list: debian-security-announce@lists.debian.org