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SuSE Security Announcement: nedit (SuSE-SA:2001:14)

Apr 19, 2001, 11:37 (0 Talkback[s])
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 11:32:13 +0200 (CEST)
From: Thomas Biege <thomas@suse.de>
Subject: [suse-security-announce] SuSE Security Announcement: nedit (SuSE-SA:2001:14)

SuSE Security Announcement

        Package:                nedit
        Announcement-ID:        SuSE-SA:2001:14
        Date:                   Wednesday, April 18th, 2001 13.06 MEST
        Affected SuSE versions: [6.1, 6.2] 6.3, 6.4, 7.0, 7.1
        Vulnerability Type:     locoal privilege escalation
        Severity (1-10):        3
        SuSE default package:   no
        Other affected systems: all systems using nedit

        Content of this advisory:
        1) security vulnerability resolved: nedit
           problem description, discussion, solution and upgrade information
        2) pending vulnerabilities, solutions, workarounds
        3) standard appendix (further information)

  1. problem description, brief discussion, solution, upgrade information

The Nirvana Editor, NEdit, is a GUI-style text editor based on popular Macintosh and MS Windows editors.
When printing a whole text or selected parts of a text, nedit(1) creates a temporary file in an insecure manner. This behavior could be exploited to gain access to other users privileges, even root.

There is no workaround possible, because tmpnam(3) ignores the TMPDIR environment variable. Just install the new RPM to fix this problem.

Download the update package from locations described below and install the package with the command `rpm -Uhv file.rpm'. The md5sum for each file is in the line below. You can verify the integrity of the rpm files using the command

`rpm --checksig --nogpg file.rpm', independently from the md5 signatures below.

    i386 Intel Platform:

ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/7.1/xap2/nedit-5.1.1-151.i386.rpm 07efdf2fa5c475fcf40633d392d4ae1d source rpm: ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/7.1/zq1/nedit-5.1.1-151.src.rpm 27e52c3688082257d7f7ecf81c461ad9 SuSE-7.0
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/7.0/xap1/nedit-5.1.1-151.i386.rpm b9846658b0f9c8330b8f9c5732b9e115 source rpm: ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/7.0/zq1/nedit-5.1.1-151.src.rpm d2dc1c39dbad292326f953e1e84fe187
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/6.4/xap1/nedit-5.0.2-207.i386.rpm c5c6eebe946463926583272690ca4d27 source rpm: ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/6.4/zq1/nedit-5.0.2-207.src.rpm 0a486fa81f4b84ab6f09bd5353b0fd4d
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/6.3/xap1/nedit-5.0.2-208.i386.rpm e1e0baeca49ce972df89a5bb5ebfc6c2 source rpm:
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/6.3/zq1/nedit-5.0.2-208.src.rpm 9a3328dc8fb8a4da343be20c10cb0c02 Sparc Platform: SuSE-7.1
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/sparc/update/7.1/xap2/nedit-5.1.1-135.sparc.rpm 2370e09571b1037270d34afb555cc408 source rpm: ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/sparc/update/7.1/zq1/nedit-5.1.1-135.src.rpm 0ac1364f6b97d503444e6fcb4a0b20df SuSE-7.0
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/sparc/update/7.0/xap1/nedit-5.1.1-134.sparc.rpm a60e8f47d4ac4794f7ee472ef1d7ccb4 source rpm: ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/sparc/update/7.0/zq1/nedit-5.1.1-134.src.rpm 96c96dda6b1ba8b91bebbf3f1a9a56c6 AXP Alpha Platform: SuSE-6.4
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/axp/update/6.4/xap1/nedit-5.0.2-207.alpha.rpm cde274f25bec040ae289ef0fb8520b7e
source rpm:
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/axp/update/6.4/zq1/nedit-5.0.2-207.src.rpm 4cdff5d4836bf4f926298bb3b3a1c513 SuSE-6.3
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/axp/update/6.3/xap1/nedit-5.0.2-207.alpha.rpm fc7fc98267dc76ceec30633068d72533
source rpm:
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/axp/update/6.3/zq1/nedit-5.0.2-207.src.rpm fc3ddc09f7c3383b01721e6462f77748 PPC PowerPC Platform: SuSE-7.1
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/ppc/update/7.1/xap2/nedit-5.1.1-122.ppc.rpm 1f413b9e77263ec37d0e42dde6cb55d1
source rpm:
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/ppc/update/7.1/zq1/nedit-5.1.1-122.src.rpm 403bcf64a6ba2824899316e3bd8ea41d SuSE-7.0
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/ppc/update/7.0/xap1/nedit-5.1.1-122.ppc.rpm e771c3bcd7cbc0121a527089ad40a336
source rpm:
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/ppc/update/7.0/zq1/nedit-5.1.1-122.src.rpm f45e0786fefb5c92fbd61e8c4a36ab32 SuSE-6.4
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/ppc/update/6.4/xap1/nedit-5.0.2-146.ppc.rpm 7dcb7bf1110311063daac06df1f7cccb
source rpm:
ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/ppc/update/6.4/zq1/nedit-5.0.2-146.src.rpm 5f1d6da7f268b8c10f7ea8a4f7a1fab5

2) Pending vulnerabilities in SuSE Distributions and Workarounds:

  • New RPMs for HylaFax, a Fax Server, are currently being build, which fix a format bug in hfaxd, which could lead to local root privilege.
  • Updated man RPMs will be available in a few days.
  • In the past weeks, some security related bugs in the Linux kernel 2.2 and 2.4 were found. An announcement, that addresses this will be released this week.
  • Samba has serveral security problems, which could lead to local root access. Samba 2.0.8 fixes these problems. New RPMs are currently being build.

3) standard appendix:

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