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Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2001 15:56:22 +0200
From: Martin Schulze <>
To: Debian Security Announcements <>
Subject: [SECURITY] [DSA 085-1] New nvi packages fix format string vulnerability

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Debian Security Advisory DSA 085-1                                        Martin Schulze
October 20th, 2001
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Package        : nvi, nvi-m17n
Vulnerability  : Format string vulnerability
Problem-Type   : local privileges
Debian-specific: no

Takeshi Uno found a very stupid format string vulnerability in all
versions of nvi (in both, the plain and the multilingualized version).
When a filename is saved, it ought to get displayed on the screen.
The routine handling this didn't escape format strings.

This problem has been fixed in version 1.79-16a.1 for nvi and
1.79+19991117-2.3 for nvi-m17n for the stable Debian GNU/Linux 2.2.

Even if we don't believe that this could lead into somebody gaining
access of another users account if he hasn't lost his brain, we
recommend that you upgrade your nvi packages.

wget url
        will fetch the file for you
dpkg -i file.deb
        will install the referenced file.

If you are using the apt-get package manager, use the line for
sources.list as given below:

apt-get update
        will update the internal database
apt-get upgrade
        will install corrected packages

You may use an automated update by adding the resources from the
footer to the proper configuration.

Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 alias potato
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  Source archives:
      MD5 checksum: 5caafefd0e95caf98ac810ce81b867e5
      MD5 checksum: 3ba5331137886031cb04ea3eca69036b
      MD5 checksum: 558f19e47019f39f7334a7d44390859f
      MD5 checksum: 651167ab8dc7137d202a2d308e5fba47
      MD5 checksum: 7c0c3931159fd85e0e0a7486072916da
      MD5 checksum: 0270bbfed66bacb94ddaf0e6f39bd9d1

  Architecture independent components:
      MD5 checksum: 1e429f9d8e55b3ed2ed2d87b2ab003a1

  Alpha architecture:
      MD5 checksum: b4e627008a2bf9f0a0f229e95faabf31
      MD5 checksum: 454d43da5b3d6a23a97c5144aa748489
      MD5 checksum: 76bc2f9da9fbb204ba52c63496bf9747

  ARM architecture:
      MD5 checksum: 567b4d76f3290ec0a69773abc64032a4
      MD5 checksum: dea3a3f6a4f48cdfff46c1e786fe4a65
      MD5 checksum: 321eef2c56f5c51f2676bbf3c5d593e5

  Intel ia32 architecture:
      MD5 checksum: c8bd0ea8e2581e2f18b2990c5434ab35
      MD5 checksum: 93235c24ff0efac3b3636664c30b8c6e
      MD5 checksum: 0b04432bb3c62661cafe89b6353ff768

  Motorola 680x0 architecture:
      MD5 checksum: bb78e9d2f130b67b23496600590314f5
      MD5 checksum: b49f71f6bb2422a876a582846336e256
      MD5 checksum: 9943c19f919f66b9b477af5cceba093d

  PowerPC architecture:
      MD5 checksum: 945c6355ebf61bef1d863d2b03dc6e4c
      MD5 checksum: eade84420b9d7170f702099f60d67395
      MD5 checksum: 665927fb038464cbb279f8575cfaca07

  Sun Sparc architecture:
      MD5 checksum: ad214f82ec19cfc46f9e85aa8fa6a700
      MD5 checksum: 8ee035057a46ca046d9700320cf52638
      MD5 checksum: 6720390c4fa00057b6c8e3ee8ad45286

  These files will be moved into the stable distribution on its next

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

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