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Red Hat Security Advisory: New Netscape packages fix Java security hole

Aug 19, 2000, 00:08 (6 Talkback[s])

Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2000 19:11 -0400
From: bugzilla@redhat.com
To: redhat-watch-list@redhat.com
Subject: [RHSA-2000:054-01] New Netscape packages fix Java security hole

                   Red Hat, Inc. Security Advisory

Synopsis:          New Netscape packages fix Java security hole
Advisory ID:       RHSA-2000:054-01
Issue date:        2000-08-18
Updated on:        2000-08-18
Product:           Red Hat Linux
Keywords:          Brown Orifice netscape java
Cross references:  N/A

1. Topic:

New Netscape packages are available to fix a serious security problem with Java. It is recommended that all netscape users update to the new packages. Users of Red Hat Linux 6.0 and 6.1 should use the packages for Red Hat Linux 6.2.

Packages will be made available for Red Hat Linux 5.2 when fixed binaries are available from Netscape.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Linux 6.2 - i386, alpha

3. Problem description:

Due to a problem in the Java environment shipped with Netscape, it would be possible for a java applet on a remote site to view files on a local machine, and then provide access to those files for other machines.

For more information, please see:


4. Solution:

For each RPM for your particular architecture, run:

rpm -Fvh [filename]

where filename is the name of the RPM.

5. Bug IDs fixed (http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla for more info):


6. RPMs required:

Red Hat Linux 6.2:




7. Verification:

MD5 sum                           Package Name

e4901ef360fdf89bc26cb9511210e25e 6.2/SRPMS/netscape-4.75-0.6.2.src.rpm
7868b53573252f231b627b20f11501fd 6.2/SRPMS/netscape-alpha-4.75-0.6.2.src.rpm
2db1ac1eefd26ef37b5e938077fc0a86 6.2/alpha/netscape-common-4.75-0.6.2.alpha.rpm
470b471c4d3575ecfa18bdabdb459389 6.2/alpha/netscape-communicator-4.75-0.6.2.alpha.rpm
981b62eb767ebd405dda3864bbb35d54 6.2/alpha/netscape-navigator-4.75-0.6.2.alpha.rpm
138e80104c7054d2b894fd3a064ab28f 6.2/i386/netscape-common-4.75-0.6.2.i386.rpm
887e48c496d386d82a6d66ce31f6a6cb 6.2/i386/netscape-communicator-4.75-0.6.2.i386.rpm
3e8c1094bbccb8d7783febea6e430549 6.2/i386/netscape-navigator-4.75-0.6.2.i386.rpm
These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat, Inc. for security. Our key is available at:

You can verify each package with the following command:
rpm --checksig

If you only wish to verify that each package has not been corrupted or tampered with, examine only the md5sum with the following command:
rpm --checksig --nogpg

8. References:


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