Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2000 16:40:16 -0700
From: Linux Mandrake Security Team
To: Linux Mandrake Security Announcements
Subject: [Security Announce] MDKSA-2000:082-1 - pam update
Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory
Package name: pam
Date: December 16th, 2000
Original Advisory Date: December 16th, 2000
Advisory ID: MDKSA-2000:082-1
Affected versions: 6.0, 6.1, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2
The pam_localuser module, which is a part of the pam package, contains
a buffer overflow vulnerability. This module is not used in any
default configuration and for a user to be exploited, they would have
to manually insert it into a configuration file in the /etc/pam.d
The pam packages for 7.2 had a dependency problem with kdebase due to
the version number. New packages are now available for 7.2 that
correct this problem.
Please verify the update prior to upgrading to ensure the integrity of
the downloaded package. You can do this with the command:
rpm --checksig package.rpm
You can get the GPG public key of the Linux-Mandrake Security Team at
If you use MandrakeUpdate, the verification of md5 checksum and GPG
signature is performed automatically for you.
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 -Fvh *.rpm".
You can download the updates directly from one of the mirror sites
Updated packages are available in the "updates/[ver]/RPMS/" directory.
For example, if you are looking for an updated RPM package for
Linux-Mandrake 7.2, look for it in "updates/7.2/RPMS/". Updated source
RPMs are available as well, but you generally do not need to download
Please be aware that sometimes it takes the mirrors a few hours to
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