Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory: xpdf update [new update]
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From: Linux Mandrake Security Team security@LINUX-MANDRAKE.COM
Subject: [Security Announce] MDKSA-2000:041-1 - xpdf update
Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory
Package name: xpdf
Date: September 25th, 2000
Advisory ID: MDKSA-2000:041-1
Affected versions: 6.0, 6.1, 7.0
There is a potential race condition when using tmpnam() and fopen() in
xpdf versions prior to 0.91. This exploit can be only used as root to
overwrite arbitrary files if a symlink is created between the calls to
tmpname() and fopen(). There is also a problem with malicious
URL-type links in PDF documents that contain quote characters which
could also potentially be used to execute arbitrary commands. This is
due to xpdf calling system() with a netscape (or similar) command plus
the URL. The 0.91 release of xpdf fixes both of these potential
problems. Although there are no known exploits, users are encouraged
to upgrade their system with these updates.
There was an incorrect dependancy on the t1lib package in the previous
updates for xpdf for Linux-Mandrake 6.x and 7.0. This update resolves
those dependancy issues.
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
To upgrade automatically, use MandrakeUpdate.
If you want to upgrade manually, download the updated package from one
of our FTP server mirrors and upgrade with "rpm -Uvh package_name".
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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
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
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