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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

Problem Description:

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".

Linux-Mandrake 7.0:
9b93ae07b177ec62a2a3110924060bb4 7.0/RPMS/xinitrc-2.4.4-11mdk.noarch.rpm
533f227e13cb6a6e5e5a7c0a9b6104d0 7.0/SRPMS/xinitrc-2.4.4-11mdk.src.rpm

Linux-Mandrake 7.1:
8984bca66a1cf8f178125435cc8c786d 7.1/RPMS/xinitrc-2.4.4-24mdk.noarch.rpm
e75b9cd8fa7b598131fe3e489a934966 7.1/SRPMS/xinitrc-2.4.4-24mdk.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:


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