Red Hat Security Advisory: new initscripts packages availableNov 24, 1999, 06:40 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Nottingham)
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 1999 23:25:53 -0500
Red Hat, Inc. Security Advisory
Synopsis: new initscripts packages available (/tmp race)
One security bug and several functionality bugs have been fixed in a new release of initscripts.
2. Problem description:
A /tmp race existed in /etc/profile.d/lang.csh. Users who had csh/tcsh as their login shell could be vulnerable to having arbitrary shell code run by their shell on login.
On PPP connections, CHAP authentication did not always work. New DNS entries were not always correctly added to the /etc/resolv.conf file. Also, there was a theoretical chance that random processes could be sent signals by ppp-watch, though no outside process could affect which processes would be signaled, and in every known case the signals are sent to impossible process ids and therefore have no effect.
Other various bugs present in the initscripts that shipped with Red Hat Linux 6.1 are fixed, including:
1999-11-22: More bugs fixed, including
1999-11-23: One bug fix.
3. Bug IDs fixed (http://developer.redhat.com/bugzilla for more info):
Security problem in lang.csh: 6645
4. Relevant releases/architectures:
Red Hat Linux 6.1, Intel
5. Obsoleted by:
6. Conflicts with:
7. RPMs required:
For each RPM for your particular architecture, run:
MD5 sum Package Name
ea3e6ec816c700e5c5d7aa2f447891ae i386/initscripts-4.68-1.i386.rpm 7930ea6a68a343403a0eb994355a5ce1 sparc/initscripts-4.68-1.sparc.rpm cb7913f7c002c7d2a23c2c9daf52f378 SRPMS/initscripts-4.68-1.src.rpm
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