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Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory: apache update

Oct 18, 2000, 20:32 (0 Talkback[s])


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Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2000 12:34:01 -0600
From: Linux Mandrake Security Team security@linux-mandrake.com
To: Linux Mandrake Security Announcements security-announce@linux-mandrake.com
Subject: [Security Announce] MDKSA-2000:060-1 - apache update

                Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory

Package name:           apache
Original Advisory Date: October 11th, 2000
Date:                   October 18th, 2000
Advisory ID:            MDKSA-2000:060-1

Affected versions:      6.0, 6.1, 7.0, 7.1

Problem Description:

The Apache web server comes with a module called mod_rewrite which is used to rewrite URLs presented by the client prior to further processing. There is a flaw in the mod_rewrite logic that allows an attacker to view arbitrary files on the server system if they contain regular expression references. All Linux-Mandrake users using Apache are encouraged to upgrade to these updated versions that fix this flaw.


The Apache package for 7.1 had a problem with improper permissions on the suexec wrapper which prevented it from running if the apache-suexec package was installed. As well, the uninstall script would exit with errors. Both issues are fixed. The new md5 checksums are listed below.

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 6.0:
77fa37ac213493d94f5817f93710cbb8 6.0/RPMS/apache-1.3.6-29mdk.i586.rpm
8c51afd87ab8be5b08bc2d02fdc37298 6.0/RPMS/apache-devel-1.3.6-29mdk.i586.rpm
ec94ecd38c6a33dc5c77f7cf323d4791 6.0/SRPMS/apache-1.3.6-29mdk.src.rpm

Linux-Mandrake 6.1:
890f342e3d33a73978b9ec60d53f3c54 6.1/RPMS/apache-1.3.9-8mdk.i586.rpm
4308ebc3b5c496b74173d0af0cb43de9 6.1/RPMS/apache-devel-1.3.9-8mdk.i586.rpm
6fea96bb3c5e6696a2322134d6245937 6.1/SRPMS/apache-1.3.9-8mdk.src.rpm

Linux-Mandrake 7.0:
094ae1b8764bd6c71519fe051b735e21 7.0/RPMS/apache-1.3.9-18mdk.i586.rpm
dc298d04f25fe4f5a895e898606b8551 7.0/RPMS/apache-devel-1.3.9-18mdk.i586.rpm
7fe54f76cf8f5b46d35ba44944783811 7.0/RPMS/apache-suexec-1.3.9-18mdk.i586.rpm
c0eeda6da43ac82e2625950738287183 7.0/SRPMS/apache-1.3.9-18mdk.src.rpm

Linux-Mandrake 7.1:
abbf20cdd540c8240037f155dcc51736 7.1/RPMS/apache-1.3.12-14mdk.i586.rpm
361a06b538c3596acf4f5d462ba5b8fa 7.1/RPMS/apache-devel-1.3.12-14mdk.i586.rpm
e6dae6bd7d2ba04585758afc187c8ed2 7.1/RPMS/apache-suexec-1.3.12-14mdk.i586.rpm
9f463055a3920af9aa831c5f67e5b0a9 7.1/SRPMS/apache-1.3.12-14mdk.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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