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Linux Mandrake Security Update Advisory: MandrakeUpdate update

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Date: Sat, 12 Aug 2000 17:47:50 -0600
From: Linux Mandrake Security Team security@LINUX-MANDRAKE.COM
Subject: MDKSA-2000:034 MandrakeUpdate update

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                Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory

Package name:           MandrakeUpdate
Date:                   August 12th, 2000
Advisory ID:            MDKSA-2000:034
Affected versions:      6.0, 6.1, 7.0, 7.1

Problem Description:
There is a possible race condition in MandrakeUpdate that has the potential for users to tamper with RPMs downloaded by MandrakeUpdate prior to them being installed. This is due to files being stored in the /tmp directory. This is a very low security-risk as most servers that provide user logins shouldn't be using MandrakeUpdate. These updated versions provide a fix for the problem by using /root/tmp instead of /tmp.
Please verify these md5 checksums of the updates prior to upgrading to ensure the integrity of the downloaded package. You can do this by running the md5sum program on the downloaded package by using "md5sum package.rpm" or by using a version of RPM greater than 3.0 with the command "rpm -K package_name". This will also check the GnuPG signature of the package provided you have the public key as part of your keyring (the public key is provided at the end of this advisory).
Linux-Mandrake 6.0:
ab5f320ff86ad0fa83e43d037683223f  6.0/RPMS/MandrakeUpdate-6.0-6mdk.i586.rpm
74dd6d4fc6992095610bdf7f87ce4fb0  6.0/RPMS/grpmi-0.9-6mdk.i586.rpm
4cbb0acfe62dc80f0a092e3103c74473  6.0/SRPMS/MandrakeUpdate-6.0-6mdk.src.rpm
Linux-Mandrake 6.1:
7a98b1aae4c89bb6685d5684aa5389bd  6.1/RPMS/MandrakeUpdate-6.1-4mdk.i586.rpm
bbd2772b962965231dde2cebc16697ad  6.1/RPMS/grpmi-0.9-4mdk.i586.rpm
6058a51ae41c4f8ab4827ecd298d15af  6.1/SRPMS/MandrakeUpdate-6.1-4mdk.src.rpm
Linux-Mandrake 7.0:
0f47fd94502480cd323496fc2e4d3d38  7.0/RPMS/MandrakeUpdate-7.0-13mdk.i586.rpm
4f473666fbc0b99b0505c73042eaf73e  7.0/RPMS/grpmi-0.9-13mdk.i586.rpm
8e4daf4aff845feaca655f5d0d5739fd  7.0/SRPMS/MandrakeUpdate-7.0-13mdk.src.rpm
Linux-Mandrake 7.1:
06be2f821dddae85207e2a3832fb32fc  7.1/RPMS/MandrakeUpdate-7.1-9mdk.i586.rpm
a15a682c20f484d5054b70b9c226861f  7.1/RPMS/grpmi-7.1-9mdk.i586.rpm
2cd78d22707aebeda6932daf40ff6c37  7.1/SRPMS/MandrakeUpdate-7.1-9mdk.src.rpm

To upgrade automatically, use « MandrakeUpdate ».

If you want to upgrade manually, download the updated package from one of our FTP server mirrors and uprade with "rpm -Uvh package_name".

You can download the updates directly from:

Or try one of the other mirrors listed at:


Updated packages are available in the "updates/[ver]/RPMS/" directory. For example, if you are looking for an updated RPM package for Linux-Mandrake 7.1, look for it in "updates/7.1/RPMS/". Updated source RPMs are available as well, but you generally do not need to download them.

Please be aware that sometimes it takes the mirrors a few hours to update, so if you want an immediate upgrade, please use one of the two above-listed mirrors.

You can view other security advisories for Linux-Mandrake at:


If you want to report vulnerabilities, please contact


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