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Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2000 17:21:37 -0600
From: Linux Mandrake Security Team security@LINUX-MANDRAKE.COM
Subject: MDKSA-2000:057-1 - openssh update

                Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory

Package name:           openssh
Date:                   October 12th, 2000
Advisory ID:            MDKSA-2000:057-1

Affected versions:      7.0, 7.1

Problem Description:

Regarding our previous announcement of MDKSA-2000:057, after discussion with the authors of openssh, we have removed the updates for 7.0 and 7.1. The authors are still investigating to see if scp is in fact vulnerability to the problems discussed recently on Bugtraq. Removing the setuid bit from the ssh program does not prevent scp from creating setuid files. The setuid bit is necessary for certain authentication methods and removing the setuid bit disables rhosts-rsa and the old rhosts authentication, the former of which is widely used.

Our apologies for making the previous pre-mature announcement and perhaps causing the problem to seem larger than it may actually be.

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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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