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Caldera Linux Advisory: fileutils

May 14, 2002, 22:37 (0 Talkback[s])
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                Caldera International, Inc.  Security Advisory

Subject:                Linux: REVISED: Race condition in fileutils
Advisory number:        CSSA-2002-018.1
Issue date:             2002 May 13
Cross reference:
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1. Problem Description

        A race condition in various utilities from the GNU fileutils
        package may cause a root user to delete the whole filesystem.

        This updates resolves a problem in the original fix that would
        cause an attempt to recursively remove a directory with
        trailing slashes to memory fault.


2. Vulnerable Supported Versions

        System                          Package
        ----------------------------------------------------------------------

        OpenLinux 3.1.1 Server          prior to fileutils-4.1-5.i386.rpm

        OpenLinux 3.1.1 Workstation     prior to fileutils-4.1-5.i386.rpm

        OpenLinux 3.1 Server            prior to fileutils-4.1-5.i386.rpm

        OpenLinux 3.1 Workstation       prior to fileutils-4.1-5.i386.rpm

3. Solution

        The proper solution is to install the latest packages.


4. OpenLinux 3.1.1 Server

        4.1 Package Location

        ftp://ftp.caldera.com/pub/updates/OpenLinux/3.1.1/Server/current/RPMS

        4.2 Packages

        d01d42d41800d0b9c1d02c4fec07a79d        fileutils-4.1-5.i386.rpm

        4.3 Installation

        rpm -Fvh fileutils-4.1-5.i386.rpm

        4.4 Source Package Location

        ftp://ftp.caldera.com/pub/updates/OpenLinux/3.1.1/Server/current/SRPMS

        4.5 Source Packages

        ccb5269147321f8db75cf6f4758161bd        fileutils-4.1-5.src.rpm


5. OpenLinux 3.1.1 Workstation

        5.1 Package Location

        ftp://ftp.caldera.com/pub/updates/OpenLinux/3.1.1/Workstation/current/RPMS

        5.2 Packages

        993d932af015edb5ad6e4d70db171492        fileutils-4.1-5.i386.rpm

        5.3 Installation

        rpm -Fvh fileutils-4.1-5.i386.rpm

        5.4 Source Package Location

        ftp://ftp.caldera.com/pub/updates/OpenLinux/3.1.1/Workstation/current/SRPMS

        5.5 Source Packages

        ccb5269147321f8db75cf6f4758161bd        fileutils-4.1-5.src.rpm


6. OpenLinux 3.1 Server

        6.1 Package Location

        ftp://ftp.caldera.com/pub/updates/OpenLinux/3.1/Server/current/RPMS

        6.2 Packages

        79671c826786c29d2849fe14de4f79f1        fileutils-4.1-5.i386.rpm

        6.3 Installation

        rpm -Fvh fileutils-4.1-5.i386.rpm

        6.4 Source Package Location

        ftp://ftp.caldera.com/pub/updates/OpenLinux/3.1/Server/current/SRPMS

        6.5 Source Packages

        238ad9663d26b196eea92874a96b1c53        fileutils-4.1-5.src.rpm


7. OpenLinux 3.1 Workstation

        7.1 Package Location

        ftp://ftp.caldera.com/pub/updates/OpenLinux/3.1/Workstation/current/RPMS
        7.2 Packages

        79671c826786c29d2849fe14de4f79f1        fileutils-4.1-5.i386.rpm

        7.3 Installation

        rpm -Fvh fileutils-4.1-5.i386.rpm

        7.4 Source Package Location

        ftp://ftp.caldera.com/pub/updates/OpenLinux/3.1/Workstation/current/SRPMS

        7.5 Source Packages

        01a126030929e44c83a473ee662fecb9        fileutils-4.1-5.src.rpm/


8. References

        Specific references for this advisory:

                http://mail.gnu.org/pipermail/bug-fileutils/2002-March/002440.html
                http://isec.pl/vulnerabilities/0002.txt

        Caldera OpenLinux security resources:
                http://www.caldera.com/support/security/index.html

        Caldera UNIX security resources:
                http://stage.caldera.com/support/security/

        This security fix closes Caldera incidents sr862917, fz520627,
        erg712018.


9. Disclaimer

        Caldera International, Inc. is not responsible for the misuse
        of any of the information we provide on this website and/or
        through our security advisories. Our advisories are a service
        to our customers intended to promote secure installation and
        use of Caldera products.


10. Acknowledgements

        Caldera would like to thank Vincent Danen at Mandrake
        for alerting us to the problems with the original fix.

        Wojciech Purczynski (iSEC Security Research, http://isec.pl)
        reported this vulnerability.