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                Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory

Package name:           usermode
Advisory ID:            MDKSA-2003:031
Date:                   March 12th, 2003

Affected versions:      8.1, 8.2, 9.0, Corporate Server 2.1,
                        Multi Network Firewall 8.2

Problem Description:

 The /usr/bin/shutdown command that comes with the usermode package can
 be executed by local users to shutdown all running processes and drop
 into a root shell.  This command is not really needed to shutdown a
 system, so it has been removed and all users are encouraged to upgrade.
 Please note that the user must have local console access in order to
 obtain a root shell in this fashion.


Updated Packages:
 Corporate Server 2.1:
 6b3efb01bca77c598bfed862df7a10fe  corporate/2.1/RPMS/usermode-1.55-8.1mdk.i586.rpm
 eda24e3cdb96a6171e5b6ed7e6b1da2b  corporate/2.1/RPMS/usermode-consoleonly-1.55-8.1mdk.i586.rpm
 498c7c44ab984017a38662202ec7e61f  corporate/2.1/SRPMS/usermode-1.55-8.1mdk.src.rpm

 Mandrake Linux 8.1:
 d338123f2d65b6d5e37c3475cb658720  8.1/RPMS/usermode-1.42-8.1mdk.i586.rpm
 1f56c7f08d8c1cd5f984e150c0c7ab98  8.1/SRPMS/usermode-1.42-8.1mdk.src.rpm

 Mandrake Linux 8.1/IA64:
 f5d33ef9c30d28a9a01fc6e277b5b703  ia64/8.1/RPMS/usermode-1.42-8.1mdk.ia64.rpm
 1f56c7f08d8c1cd5f984e150c0c7ab98  ia64/8.1/SRPMS/usermode-1.42-8.1mdk.src.rpm

 Mandrake Linux 8.2:
 ab8e859ccce7f45022ba698742f70552  8.2/RPMS/usermode-1.44-4.1mdk.i586.rpm
 18693e77214c918ce8aadc405c9347c3  8.2/RPMS/usermode-consoleonly-1.44-4.1mdk.i586.rpm
 c75d3d564384692e412fb24ad885193c  8.2/SRPMS/usermode-1.44-4.1mdk.src.rpm

 Mandrake Linux 8.2/PPC:
 152e076d46e0eb5b37784005d0dfabcc  ppc/8.2/RPMS/usermode-1.44-4.1mdk.ppc.rpm
 228e12c9af55c32e814a9d712c10da53  ppc/8.2/RPMS/usermode-consoleonly-1.44-4.1mdk.ppc.rpm
 c75d3d564384692e412fb24ad885193c  ppc/8.2/SRPMS/usermode-1.44-4.1mdk.src.rpm

 Mandrake Linux 9.0:
 6b3efb01bca77c598bfed862df7a10fe  9.0/RPMS/usermode-1.55-8.1mdk.i586.rpm
 eda24e3cdb96a6171e5b6ed7e6b1da2b  9.0/RPMS/usermode-consoleonly-1.55-8.1mdk.i586.rpm
 498c7c44ab984017a38662202ec7e61f  9.0/SRPMS/usermode-1.55-8.1mdk.src.rpm

 Multi Network Firewall 8.2:
 18693e77214c918ce8aadc405c9347c3  mnf8.2/RPMS/usermode-consoleonly-1.44-4.1mdk.i586.rpm
 c75d3d564384692e412fb24ad885193c  mnf8.2/SRPMS/usermode-1.44-4.1mdk.src.rpm

Bug IDs fixed (see for more information):
  408 - vulnerability fixed in RedHat two years ago still in Mandrake 8.2

To upgrade automatically, use MandrakeUpdate.  The verification of md5
checksums and GPG signatures is performed automatically for you.

If you want to upgrade manually, download the updated package from one
of our FTP server mirrors and upgrade with "rpm -Fvh *.rpm".  A list of
FTP mirrors can be obtained from:

Please verify the update prior to upgrading to ensure the integrity of
the downloaded package.  You can do this with the command:

  rpm --checksig <filename>

All packages are signed by MandrakeSoft for security.  You can obtain
the GPG public key of the Mandrake Linux Security Team from:

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

You can view other update advisories for Mandrake Linux at:

MandrakeSoft has several security-related mailing list services that
anyone can subscribe to.  Information on these lists can be obtained by

If you want to report vulnerabilities, please contact

Type Bits/KeyID     Date       User ID
pub  1024D/22458A98 2000-07-10 Linux Mandrake Security Team