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Trustix Secure Linux Advisory: rsync

Dec 04, 2003, 21:57 (0 Talkback[s])

Trustix Secure Linux Security Advisory #2003-0048
Package name: rsync
Summary: remote code execution
Date: 2003-12-04
Affected versions: TSL 1.2, 1.5, 2.0

Package description:
Rsync uses a quick and reliable algorithm to very quickly bring remote and host files into sync. Rsync is fast because it just sends the differences in the files over the network (instead of sending the complete files). Rsync is often used as a very powerful mirroring process or just as a more capable replacement for the rcp command. A technical report which describes the rsync algorithm is included in this package.

Problem description:
All versions of rsync prior to 2.5.7 contains a heap overflow that can be used to exceute arbitary code from remote. The Common Vulnerabilites and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org/) has assigned the name CAN-2003-0962 to this issue.

We recommend that all systems with this package installed be upgraded. Please note that if you do not need the functionality provided by this package, you may want to remove it from your system.

All TSL updates are available from
<URI:http://http.trustix.org/pub/trustix/updates/>; <URI:ftp://ftp.trustix.org/pub/trustix/updates/>

About Trustix Secure Linux:
Trustix Secure Linux is a small Linux distribution for servers. With focus on security and stability, the system is painlessly kept safe and up to date from day one using swup, the automated software updater.

Automatic updates:
Users of the SWUP tool can enjoy having updates automatically installed using 'swup --upgrade'.

Public testing:
These packages have been available for public testing for some time. If you want to contribute by testing the various packages in the testing tree, please feel free to share your findings on the tsl-discuss mailinglist.
The testing tree is located at

You may also use swup for public testing of updates:

  site {
      class = 0
      location = "http://tsldev.trustix.org/cloud/rdfs/latest.rdf"
      regexp = ".*"

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This advisory along with all TSL packages are signed with the TSL sign key. This key is available from:

The advisory itself is available from the errata pages at <URI:http://www.trustix.org/errata/trustix-1.2/>;, <URI:http://www.trustix.org/errata/trustix-1.5/>; and <URI:http://www.trustix.org/errata/trustix-2.0/>; or directly at

MD5sums of the packages:

ff92f850103caec5566d3037005be1cc ./1.2/rpms/rsync-2.5.7-1tr.i586.rpm
c96460c2df73f6f28e86676f0087eed7 ./1.2/srpms/rsync-2.5.7-1tr.src.rpm
24f991051c4d7dc7287770a999c91cfe ./1.5/rpms/rsync-2.5.7-1tr.i586.rpm
c96460c2df73f6f28e86676f0087eed7 ./1.5/srpms/rsync-2.5.7-1tr.src.rpm
d74d3a08933b4d22439bc08cf435cec9 ./2.0/rpms/rsync-2.5.7-1tr.i586.rpm
1547e73b44c4ee2df24f28b67a229666 ./2.0/rpms/rsync-server-2.5.7-1tr.i586.rpm
406331367957dd7f9ddfe56dc8177580 ./2.0/srpms/rsync-2.5.7-1tr.src.rpm

TSL Security Team