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Turbolinux Security Announcement: pmake-2.1.35beta-2

May 26, 2001, 01:09 (0 Talkback[s])
Date: Fri, 25 May 2001 14:07:02 -0700 (PDT)
From: TurboLinux Security Team <>
Subject: [TL-Security-Announce] TLSA2001024 pmake-2.1.35beta-2


                     Turbolinux Security Announcement

        Package:  pmake
        Vulnerable Packages: All Turbolinux versions previous to 2.1.35beta-2
        Date: 05/24/2001 5:00 PDT

        Affected Turbolinux platforms: TL 6.1 Workstation,
                                       All Turbolinux versions
                                       6.0.5 and earlier

        Turbolinux Advisory ID#:  TLSA2001024


A security hole has been discovered in the package pmake.  Please update
the packages in your installation as soon as possible.

1. Problem Summary
   In the Turbolinux platforms referenced above, the pmake binary is installed
   setuid root.

2. Impact

   A local user could run pmake with root privileges.  This could lead to a possibility
   of an attacker exploiting vulnerabilities in other programs that pmake uses.

3. Solution
   Update the packages from our ftp server by running the following

   rpm -Uvh ftp_path_to_filename

   Where ftp_path_to_filename is the following: 

   The source RPM can be downloaded here:

   **Note: You must rebuild and install the RPM if you choose to download
   and install the SRPM.  Simply installing the SRPM alone WILL NOT CLOSE


    In order for pmake to run properly, be sure to do the following:

      -Open up a terminal prompt and login as "root".
      -Go to /usr/lib/rpm and open the file called "macros".
      -Look for the directive called "%_mandir".  Its current setting is:


       Change it so that it reads:


 Please verify the MD5 checksums of the updates before you install:

  MD5 sum                               Package Name
  06872bdb7868177cdf04169814a25f02        pmake-2.1.35beta-2.i386.rpm
  c583682c3f2b3bd3d7854580b0e758e5       pmake-customs-2.1.35beta-2.i386.rpm
  4cc72823376566879442057beb25cb33      pmake-2.1.35beta-2.src.rpm

These packages are GPG signed by Turbolinux for security. Our key
is available here:

To verify a package, use the following command:

 rpm --checksig name_of_rpm

To examine only the md5sum, use the following command:

 md5sum name_of_rpm

**Note: Checking GPG keys requires RPM 3.0 or higher.


You can find more updates on our ftp server: 

for TL6.x Workstation and Server security updates

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