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Security Portal: Weekly Linux Security Digest - 2000/07/03 to 2000/07/09

Jul 10, 2000, 07:20 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kurt Seifried)

"A lot of new problems found -- people are still creating files in /tmp insecurely, and trusting user-supplied data more then they should. One vendor, Cobalt, lags behind the rest. Cobalt makes these nifty little servers in 1U form factors or a small blue cube - all the software you need is bundled in, etc. Unfortunately, they are very slow on updates. If you haven't already, go to ftp://ftp.cobaltnet.com/pub/products/, find the appropriate directory for your product, and download and install the updates. This week's award is the "We'd update our software, but we just don't really care," and goes to Cobalt. (The existing problems are one remote root exploit that has been known of for months, and the Linux kernel bug, also a month old now - also, a very old version of ProFTPD with known problems). I find Cobalt especially guilty since their products are aimed at people with minimal administrative knowledge, so unless you tell them explicitly that there is a problem and how to fix it, they won't do so (and obviously, if you don't tell them, chances are miniscule that they will find and fix it on their own)."

"We lead off with general advisories and exploit code, and then move to vendor ad. Most items appear in alphabetical order. If we're missing a Linux vendor's advisory, please tell us - ditto for any Linux-related security alerts. The long strings of hex in front of package names are MD5 signatures. Exploits are housed in /research/exploits/linux/."

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