Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory: xinitrc update
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Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2000 14:16:20 -0600
From: Linux Mandrake Security Team security@LINUX-MANDRAKE.COM
Subject: MDKSA-2000:052 - xinitrc update
Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory
Package name: xinitrc
Date: October 2nd, 2000
Advisory ID: MDKSA-2000:052
Affected versions: 7.0, 7.1
A problem exists in the /etc/X11/Xsession file which disables
the Xauthority mechanism of the localhost. This means that anyone
logged into the localhost can arbitrarily connect to an X server
running on the localhost. This is only a problem with systems that
allow remote logins and is not a problem on systems that do not
support remote logins or multiple users.
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".
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
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.
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