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TurboLinux Security Announcement: Package: cvsweb-1.90 and earlier

Aug 01, 2000, 23:53 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Little)

Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2000 11:08:12 -0700 (PDT)
From: Joe Little jlittle@turbolinux.com
To: tl-security-announce@turbolinux.com
Subject: [TL-Security-Announce] cvsweb TLSA2000016-1

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                        TurboLinux Security Announcement

        Package: cvsweb-1.90 and earlier
        Date: Tuesday August 1 11:00 PDT 2000

        Affected TurboLinux versions: 6.0.5 and earlier
        Vulnerability Type: remote shell exploit
        TurboLinux Advisory ID#:  TLSA2000016-1

A security hole was discovered in the package mentioned above. Please update the package in your installation as soon as possible or disable the service.

1. Problem Summary

Current and previous version of cvsweb allow remote users to access/write files as the default web user via the cvsweb.cgi script.

2. Impact

remote read/write access to arbitrary files owned by the default web user is possible via this exploit.

3. Solution

Please upgrade both the cvsweb package to match the new revision

Update the packages from our ftp server by running the following command:

rpm -Fv ftp_path_to_filename

Where ftp_path_to_filename is the following:


The source RPM can be downloaded here:


**Note: You must rebuild and install the RPM if you choose to download and install the SRPM. Simply installing the SRPM alone WILL NOT CLOSE THE SECURITY HOLE.

Please verify the MD5 checksum of the update before you install:

  MD5 sum                               Package Name

a9983e6d1fa2fae00f136a0b9c1708a2 cvsweb-1.91-3.noarch.rpm
e1a178d0280d56334922b533b6413db7 cvsweb-1.91-3.src.rpm

These packages are GPG signed by Turbolinux for security. Our key is available here:


To verify a package, use the following command:

rpm --checksig name_of_rpm

To examine only the md5sum, use the following command:

rpm --checksig --nogpg name_of_rpm

**Note: Checking GPG keys requires RPM 3.0 or higher.

You can find more updates on our ftp server:

ftp://ftp.turbolinux.com/pub/updates/6.0/security/ for TL6.0 Workstation and Server security updates
ftp://ftp.turbolinux.com/pub/updates/4.0/security/ for TL4.0 Workstation and Server security updates

Our webpage for security announcements:


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