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Debian GNU/Linux Advisory: tcptraceroute

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Debian Security Advisory DSA 330-1 Matt Zimmerman
June 23rd, 2003

Package : tcptraceroute
Vulnerability : failure to drop root privileges
Problem-Type : local
Debian-specific : no

tcptraceroute is a setuid-root program which drops root privileges after obtaining a file descriptor used for raw packet capture. However, it did not fully relinquish all privileges, and in the event of an exploitable vulnerability, root privileges could be regained.

No current exploit is known, but this safeguard is being repaired in order to provide a measure of containment in the event that an exploitable flaw should be discovered.

For the stable distribution (woody) this problem has been fixed in version 1.2-2.

The old stable distribution (potato) does not contain a tcptraceroute package.

For the unstable distribution (sid) this problem is fixed in version 1.4-4.

We recommend that you update your tcptraceroute package.

Upgrade Instructions

wget url

will fetch the file for you
dpkg -i file.deb

will install the referenced file.

If you are using the apt-get package manager, use the line for sources.list as given below:

apt-get update

will update the internal database apt-get upgrade

will install corrected packages

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

Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 alias woody

Source archives:
Size/MD5 checksum: 587 18ca2e69514a091fed7da65e5ca21323
Size/MD5 checksum: 985 a4ffe45dc75fe376fb5dc1f9d5fe1bfc
Size/MD5 checksum: 25096 e31e3f5bfd817d32ed6d954382ca768d

Alpha architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 25426 bef51e445c5bbb672b98fec7d77d1b14

ARM architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 22670 0750b8988f18cfe84b00712852cd3f6e

Intel IA-32 architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 21706 1fe11254d8dff3563f5e7874e243f317

Intel IA-64 architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 29094 9f9b1d0f35c551b85580794d1483877e

HP Precision architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 23958 559580a3b8907c051c286a741ac7b433

Motorola 680x0 architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 21116 e42d766086dc3aadc8b9f1034bc1257a

Big endian MIPS architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 23882 2541f59185b058a9c13c54958a4a1640

Little endian MIPS architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 23974 01605e3ad001ca65c1a2ec4fb1fee447

PowerPC architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 22544 7b9e6944134027de8a6093dcfab0a2d1

IBM S/390 architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 22896 77ab846ecd80f4ee22fae0c427766fac

Sun Sparc architecture:
Size/MD5 checksum: 25154 48e700ba7f127f40e068632fb2fa6bdd

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

For apt-get: deb stable/updates main
For dpkg-ftp: dists/stable/updates/main
Mailing list:
Package info: `apt-cache show <pkg>' and<pkg>;