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Debian Security Advisory: proftp runs as root, /var symlink removal

Mar 07, 2001, 08:04 (0 Talkback[s])

Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2001 19:02:53 -0700
From: debian-security-announce@LISTS.DEBIAN.ORG
Subject: [SECURITY] [DSA-032-1] proftp runs as root, /var symlink removal

Debian Security Advisory DSA-032-1                                      security@debian.org
http://www.debian.org/security/                                   Wichert Akkerman 
March  7, 2001

Package: proftpd
Vulnerability: proftpd running as root, /var symlink removal
Debian-specific: yes
The following problems have been reported for the version of proftpd in Debian 2.2 (potato):

1. There is a configuration error in the postinst script, when the user enters 'yes', when asked if anonymous access should be enabled. The postinst script wrongly leaves the 'run as uid/gid root' configuration option in /etc/proftpd.conf, and adds a 'run as uid/gid nobody' option that has no effect.

2. There is a bug that comes up when /var is a symlink, and proftpd is restarted. When stopping proftpd, the /var symlink is removed; when it's started again a file named /var is created.

The above problems have been corrected in proftpd-1.2.0pre10-2.0potato1. We recommend you upgrade your proftpd package immediately.

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You may use an automated update by adding the resources from the footer to the proper configuration.

Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 alias potato

Potato was released for the alpha, arm, i386, m68k, powerpc and sparc architectures.

Source archives:
MD5 checksum: d75281d5332b005efd94ad0ff5ac3f63
MD5 checksum: 8ff4de189c0b986ab4496ef7ae6467f4
MD5 checksum: a1c25e59bb4281e2f83000796dc52388

Alpha architecture:
MD5 checksum: 2e3d924a93692fc546f76fadf6e35cf7

ARM architecture:
MD5 checksum: 2e2e9a921f45c6c73f0c0a1ba2c7fb13

Intel ia32 architecture:
MD5 checksum: 9c0ff3c87e4802316081775fcf80c5d2

Motorola 680x0 architecture:
MD5 checksum: 615709bf8777da7939217cf316c529b7

PowerPC architecture:
MD5 checksum: 5a384113e857ba4a0b6bdcfce62ca880

Sun Sparc architecture:
MD5 checksum: c99f335bca49f98867b1a9c473c97edc

These files will be moved into ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/stable/*/binary-$arch/ soon.

For not yet released architectures please refer to the appropriate directory ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/sid/binary-$arch/ .

For apt-get: deb http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main
For dpkg-ftp: ftp://security.debian.org/debian-security dists/stable/updates/main
Mailing list: debian-security-announce@lists.debian.org
Package info: `apt-cache show <pkg>' and http://packages.debian.org/<pkg>