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Debian Security Advisory: joe local attack via joerc

Mar 09, 2001, 07:16 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Wichert Akkerman)

Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2001 03:10:07 +0100
From: Wichert Akkerman wichert@cistron.nl
To: debian-security-announce@lists.debian.org
Subject: [SECURITY] [DSA-041-1] joe local attack via joerc


Debian Security Advisory DSA-041-1                                      security@debian.org
http://www.debian.org/security/                                   Wichert Akkerman 
March  9, 2001


Package        : joe
Problem type   : local exploit
Debian-specific: no
Christer Öberg of Wkit Security AB found a problem in joe (Joe's Own Editor). joe will look for a configuration file in three locations: the current directory, the users homedirectory ($HOME) and in /etc/joe. Since the configuration file can define commands joe will run (for example to check spelling) reading it from the current directory can be dangerous: an attacker can leave a .joerc file in a writable directory, which would be read when a unsuspecting user starts joe in that directory.

This has been fixed in version 2.8-15.3 and we recommend that you upgrade your joe package immediately.

wget url
        will fetch the file for you
dpkg -i file.deb
        will install the referenced file.
Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 alias potato

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

Source archives:
http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/source/joe_2.8-15.3.diff.gz
MD5 checksum: cd6b006c8a2426ada62a6af1ddd001fe
http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/source/joe_2.8-15.3.dsc
MD5 checksum: 4f3b3a027cd8baf4c3b1a282b31cb5ed
http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/source/joe_2.8.orig.tar.gz
MD5 checksum: 84c1aebfce7876b8639945da3c29f204

Alpha architecture:
http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-alpha/joe_2.8-15.3_alpha.deb
MD5 checksum: bb4f2753fa7b05f5877b7bad353ac7a4

ARM architecture:
http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-arm/joe_2.8-15.3_arm.deb
MD5 checksum: 179c212d01bfaa898259028ce06a24a8

Intel ia32 architecture:
http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-i386/joe_2.8-15.3_i386.deb
MD5 checksum: 39f680f8fde72d0958431f617e774123

Motorola 680x0 architecture:
http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-m68k/joe_2.8-15.3_m68k.deb
MD5 checksum: 100db16eb2ff8aa43840cdde49d9b5a9

PowerPC architecture:
http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-powerpc/joe_2.8-15.3_powerpc.deb
MD5 checksum: 425019054e7eb9b104e96ff351132bf3

Sun Sparc architecture:
http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-sparc/joe_2.8-15.3_sparc.deb
MD5 checksum: 8f88ab48a61c0c9f5e955fdf0fc79d4e

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>