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Conectiva Linux Security Announcement: Package: MAN

Jul 27, 2000, 20:23 (0 Talkback[s])

Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2000 11:24:04 -0300
From: Security secure@CONECTIVA.COM.BR
To: BUGTRAQ@SECURITYFOCUS.COM
Subject: CONECTIVA LINUX SECURITY ANNOUNCEMENT - MAN


CONECTIVA LINUX SECURITY ANNOUNCEMENT


PACKAGE : man
SUMMARY : Insecure directory creation in /tmp
DATE    : 2000-07-27
AFFECTED CONECTIVA VERSIONS : 5.1
DESCRIPTION
This announcement is being re-released specifically for Conectiva Linux 5.1.

Redhat has identified a problem with the man package which also affects Conectiva Linux. Conectiva Linux versions prior to 5.1 have already been patched.

The man package has a script called makewhatis that is run weekly by the cron daemon as root. This script creates a directory in /tmp and some files under it with predictable names, thus making it possible for a local attacker to alter any file in the system via symlink attacks.

SOLUTION
All users of Conectiva Linux 5.1 should upgrade. Conectiva Linux versions prior to 5.1 have already been patched.

DIRECT DOWNLOAD LINKS TO UPDATED PACKAGES
ftp://ftp.conectiva.com.br/pub/conectiva/atualizacoes/5.1/i386/man-1.5g-9cl.i386.rpm

DIRECT LINK TO THE SOURCE PACKAGES
ftp://ftp.conectiva.com.br/pub/conectiva/atualizacoes/5.1/SRPMS/man-1.5g-9cl.src.rpm


All packages are signed with Conectiva's PGP key. The key can be obtained at
http://www.conectiva.com.br/conectiva/contato.html


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