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SuSE Security Announcement: Package: kmulti <= 1.1.2

May 29, 2000, 18:29 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thomas Biege)

Date: Mon, 29 May 2000 18:12:58 +0200 (MEST)
From: Thomas Biege
Subject: [suse-security-announce] SuSE Security Announcement: kmulti

                        SuSE Security Announcement

        Package:  kmulti <= 1.1.2
        Date:     Mon May 29 17:44:28 MEST 2000

        Affected SuSE versions: 6.1-6.4
        Vulnerability Type:     local root compromise
        SuSE default package:   no
        Other affected systems: all unix systems using kdemultimedia and
                                setting kscd setgid disk

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

The KDE CD player kscd is setgid disk to be able to access the device file of the CDROM. To perform some action kscd calls the unix command shell specified in the environment variable SHELL with the privileges of group disk.

2. Impact

An adversary could set SHELL to his own program to get local root access to the system by writing directly to the raw HDD device.

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)




You can find updates on our ftp-Server: for Intel processors for Alpha processors

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