Red Hat Security Advisory: Updated gnorpm packages are available for Red Hat Linux 6.1, 6.2, and 7.0Oct 11, 2000, 20:41 (1 Talkback[s])
Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2000 11:44 -0400
Red Hat, Inc. Security Advisory Synopsis: Updated gnorpm packages are available for Red Hat Linux 6.1, 6.2, and 7.0 Advisory ID: RHSA-2000:072-05 Issue date: 2000-10-04 Updated on: 2000-10-11 Product: Red Hat Linux Keywords: security tmp rpm Cross references: N/A
A locally-exploitable security hole was found where a normal user could trick root running GnoRPM into writing to arbitrary files due to a bug in the gnorpm tmp file handling.
2. Relevant releases/architectures:
Red Hat Linux 6.1 - i386, alpha, sparc
3. Problem description:
While fixing other problems with the gnorpm package, a locally-exploitable security hole was found where a normal user could trick root running GnoRPM into writing to arbitrary files due to a bug in the gnorpm tmp file handling.
A new release of GnoRPM (0.95.1) is now available. This fixes a significant number of bugs in the gnorpm package, including this security hole. Administrators who use this program on multi-user machines should update it, and anyone who uses it regularly will notice vast improvements.
All versions of GnoRPM before 0.95 are believed to be vulnerable.
For each RPM for your particular architecture, run:
rpm -Fvh [filename]
where filename is the name of the RPM.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to library compatibility issues, this release of GnoRPM 0.95.1 cannot be used on a Red Hat Linux 6.0 system. If you are running Red Hat Linux 6.0, to close this security hole you should abstain from using GnoRPM until packages are available for that release. Alternatively you may upgrade to a later version of Red Hat Linux. Packages that function properly on a Red Hat Linux 6.0 system are in development.
5. Bug IDs fixed (http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla for more info):
6611 - GNORPM crashes when changing filter in the install
6. RPMs required:
Red Hat Linux 6.1, 6.2:
Red Hat Linux 7.0:
MD5 sum Package Name
d3b1734ced52725118065ab2afce91be 6.2/SRPMS/gnorpm-0.95.1-2.62.src.rpm 1296b065d646657205042c97d7102961 6.2/alpha/gnorpm-0.95.1-2.62.alpha.rpm 593efce0c95012b16ee266944e394371 6.2/i386/gnorpm-0.95.1-2.62.i386.rpm e1048b5dcb50f73e015105deb456265e 6.2/sparc/gnorpm-0.95.1-2.62.sparc.rpm 49a8ab2399540b8c701f411633b55083 7.0/SRPMS/gnorpm-0.95.1-3.src.rpm 4398b0b737d7ac9f75fff35472884cad 7.0/i386/gnorpm-0.95.1-3.i386.rpmThese packages are GPG signed by Red Hat, Inc. for security. Our key is available at:
You can verify each package with the following command:
If you only wish to verify that each package has not been
corrupted or tampered with, examine only the md5sum with the
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