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Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory: shadow-utils update

Jan 11, 2001, 20:25 (0 Talkback[s])

Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2001 18:41:09 -0700
From: Linux Mandrake Security Team security@LINUX-MANDRAKE.COM
Subject: MDKSA-2001:007 - shadow-utils update

                Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory

Package name:           shadow-utils
Date:                   January 10th, 2001
Advisory ID:            MDKSA-2001:007

Affected versions:      6.0, 6.1, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2

Problem Description:

WireX discovered a potential temporary file race condition in the useradd program contained in the shadow-utils package. The useradd program creates it's temporary files in the protected directory /etc/default, but if this directory is changed to world writable, a problem could occur. This update corrects the 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.

Linux-Mandrake 6.0:
c8eeb7167bcdeff6e204c46d3adabb43 6.0/RPMS/shadow-utils-980403-7.1mdk.i586.rpm
31bd9d8cb7358ab147df02f7fd49365a 6.0/SRPMS/shadow-utils-980403-7.1mdk.src.rpm

Linux-Mandrake 6.1:
bcb7fda83dc076caa7bb4b89b3c87cc9 6.1/RPMS/shadow-utils-980403-7.1mdk.i586.rpm
31bd9d8cb7358ab147df02f7fd49365a 6.1/SRPMS/shadow-utils-980403-7.1mdk.src.rpm

Linux-Mandrake 7.0:
1a5a4e7b7c1dffe8a3dbdee8a2302da8 7.0/RPMS/shadow-utils-19990827-4.1mdk.i586.rpm
aefcce82330b0add83a3583aa0943cb4 7.0/SRPMS/shadow-utils-19990827-4.1mdk.src.rpm

Linux-Mandrake 7.1:
2b09ae303792a3806ccd0d5598319b3b 7.1/RPMS/shadow-utils-19990827-4.1mdk.i586.rpm
aefcce82330b0add83a3583aa0943cb4 7.1/SRPMS/shadow-utils-19990827-4.1mdk.src.rpm

Linux-Mandrake 7.2:
416d563bbbbbb4d81b02efa79331aa3e 7.2/RPMS/shadow-utils-19990827-8.1mdk.i586.rpm
3c9f388210b48dfdeb4eb1ec3dba5146 7.2/SRPMS/shadow-utils-19990827-8.1mdk.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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