Mandrake Linux Advisory: proftpdDec 31, 2003, 20:05 (4 Talkback[s])
Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory
A vulnerability was discovered by X-Force Research at ISS in ProFTPD's handling of ASCII translation. An attacker, by downloading a carefully crafted file, can remotely exploit this bug to create a root shell.
The ProFTPD team encourages all users to upgrade to version 1.2.7 or higher. The problematic code first appeared in ProFTPD 1.2.7rc1, and the provided packages are all patched by the ProFTPD team to protect against this vulnerability.
The previous update had a bug where the new packages would terminate with a SIGNAL 11 when the command "NLST -alL" was performed in certain cases, such as if the size of the output of the command was greater than 1024 bytes.
These updated packages have a fix applied to prevent this crash.
Mandrake Linux 9.1:
Mandrake Linux 9.1/PPC:
Mandrake Linux 9.2:
Mandrake Linux 9.2/AMD64:
To upgrade automatically use MandrakeUpdate or urpmi. The verification of md5 checksums and GPG signatures is performed automatically for you.
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All packages are signed by MandrakeSoft for security. You can obtain the GPG public key of the Mandrake Linux Security Team by executing:
gpg --recv-keys --keyserver www.mandrakesecure.net 0x22458A98
Please be aware that sometimes it takes the mirrors a few hours to update.
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