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Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory: vixie-cron

May 14, 2001, 17:34 (0 Talkback[s])
From:   Linux Mandrake Security Team <security@linux-mandrake.com>
Subject:        MDKSA-2001:050 - vixie-cron update
Date:   10 May 2001 23:08:49 -0600

                Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory

Package name:           vixie-cron
Date:                   May 10th, 2001
Advisory ID:            MDKSA-2001:050

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

Problem Description:

A recent security fix to cron introduced a new problem with giving up
privileges before invoking the editor.  A malicious local user could 
exploit this to gain root acces.



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 7.1:
53b4beefcd4582e0dfe885c82f1221e9  7.1/RPMS/vixie-cron-3.0.1-46.4mdk.i586.rpm
51e96cbcfc44216eb099f514b2a01eff  7.1/SRPMS/vixie-cron-3.0.1-46.4mdk.src.rpm

Linux-Mandrake 7.2:
ad448a558a7466c08ac90a7c8de15e5d  7.2/RPMS/vixie-cron-3.0.1-46.3mdk.i586.rpm
2454ea0ed26c3b1dfb1335c522fe8c40  7.2/SRPMS/vixie-cron-3.0.1-46.3mdk.src.rpm

Linux-Mandrake 8.0:
c464b6c019defb09c8749800f3ecef79  8.0/RPMS/vixie-cron-3.0.1-51.1mdk.i586.rpm
f5fb6b648d1d87578c9cd7e44ec909ea  8.0/SRPMS/vixie-cron-3.0.1-51.1mdk.src.rpm

Corporate Server 1.0.1:
53b4beefcd4582e0dfe885c82f1221e9  1.0.1/RPMS/vixie-cron-3.0.1-46.4mdk.i586.rpm
51e96cbcfc44216eb099f514b2a01eff  1.0.1/SRPMS/vixie-cron-3.0.1-46.4mdk.src.rpm

Bug IDs fixed (see https://qa.mandrakesoft.com for more information):


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

Please be aware that sometimes it takes the mirrors a few hours to

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