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Subject: [RHSA-2001:132-03] New util-linux packages available to fix /bin/login pam problem
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2001 15:15 -0400

                   Red Hat, Inc. Red Hat Security Advisory

Synopsis:          New util-linux packages available to fix /bin/login pam problem
Advisory ID:       RHSA-2001:132-03
Issue date:        2001-10-11
Updated on:        2001-10-16
Product:           Red Hat Linux
Keywords:          login pam pam_limits
Cross references:  
Obsoletes:         RHSA-2001:095-04

1. Topic:

New util-linux packages are available that fix a problem with /bin/login's
PAM implementation. This could, in some non-default setups, cause users to
receive credentials of other users. It is recommended that all users
update to the fixed packages.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Linux 7.1 - alpha, i386, ia64

3. Problem description:

A problem existed in /bin/login's PAM implementation; it stored the value
of a static pwent buffer across PAM calls; when used with some PAM modules
in non-default configuration (such as pam_limits), it would overwrite the
buffer, causing a user to get credentials of another user.

Thanks go to Tarhon-Onu Victor  for bringing the
problem to our attention, and to Olaf Kirch  for providing
the patch.

4. Solution:

Before applying this update, make sure all previously released errata
relevant to your system have been applied.

To update all RPMs for your particular architecture, run:

rpm -Fvh [filenames]

where [filenames] is a list of the RPMs you wish to upgrade.  Only those
RPMs which are currently installed will be updated.  Those RPMs which are
not installed but included in the list will not be updated.  Note that you
can also use wildcards (*.rpm) if your current directory only contains
desired RPMs.

Please note that this update is also available via Red Hat Network.  Many
people find this an easier way to apply updates.  To use Red Hat Network,
launch the Red Hat Update Agent with the following command:


This will start an interactive process that will result in the appropriate
RPMs being upgraded on your system.

5. Bug IDs fixed ( for more info):

51646 - pam limits drops other user privileges

6. RPMs required:

Red Hat Linux 7.1:





7. Verification:

MD5 sum                           Package Name
db33b22f50978471a25fd5cc973f8f54 7.1/en/os/SRPMS/util-linux-2.11f-11.7.1.src.rpm
d55f6ec42e3c0268f2ab4decb24deb53 7.1/en/os/alpha/util-linux-2.11f-11.7.1.alpha.rpm
2bf1db1cadc50f783220f70aa2b7a09c 7.1/en/os/i386/util-linux-2.11f-11.7.1.i386.rpm
568c4ec61cb9cc0ebd6313fb14d0419c 7.1/en/os/ia64/util-linux-2.11f-11.7.1.ia64.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  <filename>

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 <filename>

8. References:

Copyright(c) 2000, 2001 Red Hat, Inc.