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Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory: cfengine update

Oct 12, 2000, 22:51 (0 Talkback[s])


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Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2000 15:52:33 -0600
From: Linux Mandrake Security Team security@linux-mandrake.com
To: Linux Mandrake Security Announcements security-announce@linux-mandrake.com
Subject: [Security Announce] MDKSA-2000:061 - cfengine update

                Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory

Package name:           cfengine
Date:                   October 12th, 2000
Advisory ID:            MDKSA-2000:061

Affected versions: 7.1

Problem Description:

The GNU cfengine is an abstract programming language for system administrators of large heterogeneous networks, used for maintenance and administration. There are a number of string format vulnerabilities in syslog() calls that can be abused to either make the cfengine program segfault and die or to execute arbitrary commands as the user the cfengine program runs as (usually root). The problems are fixed in this update and all Linux-Mandrake users are encouraged to upgrade.

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 7.1:
17bec62b5b573d91e2558fe06dae91f2 7.1/RPMS/cfengine-1.5.4-5mdk.i586.rpm
4e5df3e37101bf17440e74ff1b1f6914 7.1/SRPMS/cfengine-1.5.4-5mdk.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.

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