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Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory: inn update

Jan 11, 2001, 20:38 (0 Talkback[s])

Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2001 18:43:06 -0700
From: Linux Mandrake Security Team security@LINUX-MANDRAKE.COM
Subject: MDKSA-2001:010 - inn update

                Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory

Package name:           inn
Date:                   January 10th, 2001
Advisory ID:            MDKSA-2001:010

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

Problem Description:

WireX discovered a potential temporary file race condition in the inn program. This condition is due partly to the way inn is compiled and configured on some Linux distributions, including Linux-Mandrake, and partly due to the lack of information in the inn package detailing potential security problems if you do not tell inn to use a private temporary directory. The patch supplied by WireX that creates temporary files correctly has been applied, and the temporary directory that inn uses has been moved from /usr/tmp to /var/spool/news/tmp which is available solely to the news user which inn runs as.

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:
b3d6543a36b6892ab47fd0886c5878a5 6.0/RPMS/inews-2.2.3-1.3mdk.i586.rpm
0eb3f23a945f5a3c4e4590f3ad6a4e93 6.0/RPMS/inn-2.2.3-1.3mdk.i586.rpm
16b44139d6e95ecd036657cfb22c2103 6.0/RPMS/inn-devel-2.2.3-1.3mdk.i586.rpm
ecc8e3e782681f98f90ed56e6e6df43a 6.0/SRPMS/inn-2.2.3-1.3mdk.src.rpm

Linux-Mandrake 6.1:
09b0c500964751218c12ea49919d130b 6.1/RPMS/inews-2.2.3-1.3mdk.i586.rpm
8d13f9b913c747b559208c149b0f840a 6.1/RPMS/inn-2.2.3-1.3mdk.i586.rpm
572b7bb5fdb4dc67289f23606576dd09 6.1/RPMS/inn-devel-2.2.3-1.3mdk.i586.rpm
ecc8e3e782681f98f90ed56e6e6df43a 6.1/SRPMS/inn-2.2.3-1.3mdk.src.rpm

Linux-Mandrake 7.0:
47e81d95a38c65f6c24f0cfa9191d010 7.0/RPMS/inews-2.2.3-1.3mdk.i586.rpm
c896dcfaca61f889dba4577df4e6b60f 7.0/RPMS/inn-2.2.3-1.3mdk.i586.rpm
b7ab9c66a1f00dc3352c88698154c549 7.0/RPMS/inn-devel-2.2.3-1.3mdk.i586.rpm
ecc8e3e782681f98f90ed56e6e6df43a 7.0/SRPMS/inn-2.2.3-1.3mdk.src.rpm

Linux-Mandrake 7.1:
4de129346319bca43e33ac84c04329c0 7.1/RPMS/inews-2.2.3-1.3mdk.i586.rpm
b5458c670d5a87952bb7ebee3ea498fb 7.1/RPMS/inn-2.2.3-1.3mdk.i586.rpm
acca5e4cc284f8c34aca73a795e611ca 7.1/RPMS/inn-devel-2.2.3-1.3mdk.i586.rpm
ecc8e3e782681f98f90ed56e6e6df43a 7.1/SRPMS/inn-2.2.3-1.3mdk.src.rpm

Linux-Mandrake 7.2:
8ef8d2af5d2117bbb922300193602098 7.2/RPMS/inews-2.2.3-1.1mdk.i586.rpm
bb6cae5782ffc98f83f5ed4b49ca2017 7.2/RPMS/inn-2.2.3-1.1mdk.i586.rpm
1633a12236555d36b97d862385cfdbce 7.2/RPMS/inn-devel-2.2.3-1.1mdk.i586.rpm
bccd827c3cba37b0b5168e591f3baa6a 7.2/SRPMS/inn-2.2.3-1.1mdk.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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