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Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory: nedit

Apr 26, 2001, 17:27 (0 Talkback[s])
From:   Linux Mandrake Security Team <security@LINUX-MANDRAKE.COM>
Subject:        MDKSA-2001:042 - nedit update
Date:   25 Apr 2001 13:33:10 -0600

Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory

Package name: nedit
Date: April 25th, 2001
Advisory ID: MDKSA-2001:042

Affected versions: 7.1, 7.2, 8.0, Corporate Server 1.0.1

Problem Description:

A temporary file vulnerability exists in NEdit, the Nirvana Editor. When printing the entire text or selected parts of the text within the editor, nedit creates a temporary file in an insecure manner. This could be exploited to gain access to other user privileges including root.

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 http://www.linux-mandrake.com/en/security/RPM-GPG-KEYS If you use MandrakeUpdate, the verification of md5 checksum and GPG signature is performed automatically for you.

Linux-Mandrake 7.1:
4f97d5ed0100ee9a38961d19e189f1cb 7.1/RPMS/nedit-5.1.1-9.2mdk.i586.rpm 116f0b623fc9a9d56369a5e00aabd596 7.1/SRPMS/nedit-5.1.1-9.2mdk.src.rpm
Linux-Mandrake 7.2:
aa30f2bd203db8f50cf59b0a2b6939fd 7.2/RPMS/nedit-5.1.1-9.1mdk.i586.rpm 9ab4ccb9d28da67bf360de6f0e0acea7 7.2/SRPMS/nedit-5.1.1-9.1mdk.src.rpm
Linux-Mandrake 8.0:
a6e536fabf777e8068c1eb92e963a85e 8.0/RPMS/nedit-5.1.1-13.1mdk.i586.rpm 47fa2927a8b66c32661aaadcf7aa3ca4 8.0/SRPMS/nedit-5.1.1-13.1mdk.src.rpm
Corporate Server 1.0.1:
4f97d5ed0100ee9a38961d19e189f1cb 1.0.1/RPMS/nedit-5.1.1-9.2mdk.i586.rpm 116f0b623fc9a9d56369a5e00aabd596 1.0.1/SRPMS/nedit-5.1.1-9.2mdk.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 upgrade with "rpm -Fvh *.rpm".

You can download the updates directly from one of the mirror sites 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 8.0, look for it in "updates/8.0/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.

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