Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2001 14:17:31 -0700
From: Linux Mandrake Security Team firstname.lastname@example.org
To: Linux Mandrake Security Announcements
Subject: [Security Announce] MDKSA-2001:018 - kdesu update
Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory
Package name: kdesu
Date: January 31st, 2001
Advisory ID: MDKSA-2001:018
Affected versions: 6.1, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, Corporate Server 1.0.1
A problem exists with the kdesu program for KDE versions 1 and
2. kdesu is a frontend for the su program, allowing normal users to
run programs with root privileges by prompting for the root
password. When the "keep password" option is enabled, kdesu tries
to send the password across process boundaries to kdesud via a UNIX
socket. During this, it does not verify the identity of the
listener on the other end, which can allow attackers to obtain the
As of Linux-Mandrake 7.2, the kdesu program is a part of the
kdebase package, and libraries for kdesu are found in the kdelibs
Please verify the update prior to upgrading to ensure the
integrity of the downloaded package. You can do this with the
rpm --checksig package.rpm
You can get the GPG public key of the Linux-Mandrake Security Team
If you use MandrakeUpdate, the verification of md5 checksum and
GPG signature is performed automatically for you.
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