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Debian Security Advisory: remote cfingerd exploit

Apr 19, 2001, 03:46 (0 Talkback[s])
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 03:02:24 +0200
From: Wichert Akkerman <wichert@cistron.nl>
Subject: [SECURITY] [DSA-048-1] remote cfingerd exploit



Debian Security Advisory DSA-048-1                   security@debian.org
http://www.debian.org/security/                         Wichert Akkerman

April 19, 2001


Package : cfingerd
Problem type : remote printf format attack
Debian-specific: no

Megyer Laszlo report on Bugtraq that the cfingerd Debian as distributed with Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 was not careful in its logging code. By combining this with an off-by-one error in the code that copied the username from an ident response cfingerd could exploited by a remote user. Since cfingerd does not drop its root privileges until after it has determined which user to finger an attacker can gain root privileges.

This has been fixed in version 1.4.1-1.1, and we recommend that you upgrade your cfingerd 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/cfingerd_1.4.1-1.1.diff.gz MD5 checksum: 9ea177fd9f986c75da499c52c15d9dbe http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/source/cfingerd_1.4.1-1.1.dsc MD5 checksum: c9b3a1bc6bd2cb2dad3916da82df917c http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/source/cfingerd_1.4.1.orig.tar.gz MD5 checksum: 0461179bca7bb9b00fb23c0886666cb0 Alpha architecture:
http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-alpha/cfingerd_1.4.1-1.1_alpha.deb MD5 checksum: 55eebf918692fb12bbcefb512ae9cfad ARM architecture:
http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-arm/cfingerd_1.4.1-1.1_arm.deb MD5 checksum: 41089c6e44cd1a91beb769070720c597 Intel ia32 architecture:
http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-i386/cfingerd_1.4.1-1.1_i386.deb MD5 checksum: 6ef1f240c9ab6fa1e94143d020bd782e Motorola 680x0 architecture:
http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-m68k/cfingerd_1.4.1-1.1_m68k.deb MD5 checksum: 670ed451481a4ade769c3128a95d20f2 PowerPC architecture:
http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-powerpc/cfingerd_1.4.1-1.1_powerpc.deb MD5 checksum: 9ca4d42c82f49974de09711f9d146c14 Sun Sparc architecture:
http://security.debian.org/dists/stable/updates/main/binary-sparc/cfingerd_1.4.1-1.1_sparc.deb MD5 checksum: 898af9044c308cc217cc9d3b0050c34e

These packages will be moved into the stable distribution on its next revision.

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


apt-get: deb http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main

dpkg-ftp: ftp://security.debian.org/debian-security dists/stable/updates/main

Mailing list: debian-security-announce@lists.debian.org