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SuSE Security Announcement: make-3.77-44 and earlier

Feb 10, 2000, 19:29 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thomas Biege)

Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2000 17:15:49 +0100
From: Thomas Biege thomas@SUSE.DE

Package: make-3.77-44 and earlier
Date: Wed Feb 9 17:28:43 CET 2000

Affected SuSE versions: 6.1, 6.3
Vulnerability Type: locale root compromise
SuSE default package: no
Other affected systems: all linux systems using make

A security hole was discovered in the package mentioned above. Please update it as soon as possible or disable the service if you are using this software on your SuSE Linux installation(s).

Other Linux distributions or operating systems might be affected as well, please contact your vendor for information about this issue.

Please note that we provide this information on an "as-is" basis only. There is no warranty whatsoever and no liability for any direct, indirect or incidental damage arising from this information or the installation of the update package.

1. Problem Description

If GNU make is fed with Makefiles via stdin it creates temporary files in /tmp without checking for links.

2. Impact

A malicous user could execute commands with the privileges of the user executing make. This security hole could lead to local root compromise if root passes Makefiles to make through stdin.

3. Solution

Update the package from our FTP server.

Please verify these md5 checksums of the updates before installing: (For SuSE 6.0, please use the 6.1 updates)

e387c78a7046a05d3948c85519904dc6 ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/axp/update/6.1/d1/make-3.78.1-4.alpha.rpm
fb82691700e3238ed938b41f2933a1f0 ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/axp/update/6.3/d1/make-3.78.1-5.alpha.rpm
54e6b458a2e7ba096ad3b0743fef7073 ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/6.1/d1/make-3.78.1-3.i386.rpm
099cdc6529b36e085b239af1c0337faf ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/6.2/d1/make-3.78.1-2.i386.rpm
e5eee118d92e61d4b17b3bef112760af ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/6.3/d1/make-3.78.1-2.i386.rpm

You can find updates on our ftp-Server:

ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update for Intel processors
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/axp/update for Alpha processors

or try the following web pages for a list of mirrors:

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If you want to report vulnerabilities, please contact security@suse.de

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