Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory: cfengine update

Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2000 15:52:33 -0600
From: Linux Mandrake Security Team [email protected]
To: Linux Mandrake Security Announcements
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Subject: [Security Announce] MDKSA-2000:061 – cfengine update

                Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory

Package name:           cfengine
Date:                   October 12th, 2000
Advisory ID:            MDKSA-2000:061

Affected versions: 7.1

Problem Description:

The GNU cfengine is an abstract programming language for system
administrators of large heterogeneous networks, used for
maintenance and administration. There are a number of string format
vulnerabilities in syslog() calls that can be abused to either make
the cfengine program segfault and die or to execute arbitrary
commands as the user the cfengine program runs as (usually root).
The problems are fixed in this update and all Linux-Mandrake users
are encouraged to upgrade.

Please verify these md5 checksums of the updates prior to
upgrading to ensure the integrity of the downloaded package. You
can do this by running the md5sum program on the downloaded package
by using “md5sum package.rpm”.

Linux-Mandrake 7.1:

To upgrade automatically, use

If you want to upgrade manually, download the updated package
from one of our FTP server mirrors and uprade with “rpm -Uvh

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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