TurboLinux Security Announcement: man-1.5g-5 and earlier

Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2000 18:58:20 -0800
From: Jeremiah Johnson [email protected]
To: [email protected]
Subject: [TL-Security-Announce] man-1.5g-5 and earlier

TurboLinux Security Announcement

Package: man-1.5g-5 and earlier
Date: Wed Mar 8 14:54:54 PST 2000

Affected TurboLinux versions: TurboLinux 6.0.2 and earlier
Vulnerability Type: possible local root compromise
TurboLinux Advisory ID#: TLSA2000004-1
Credits: This vulnerability was posted to the Bugtraq mailinglist
on February 26, 2000 by Michal Zalewski [email protected].

A security hole was discovered in the package mentioned above.
Please update the package in your installation as soon as possible
or disable the service.

1. Problem Summary

The program ‘ man ‘ is setguid man. Unfortuanatly man uses
system() for most calls, while most parameters are user dependent.
Using enviromental variables you can buffer overflow man, and gain
man privileges, or possibly root.

2. Impact

Problems could lead to a malicious local user gaining privileges
of the user man or root.

3. Solution

Update the package from our ftp server by running the following

rpm -Uv ftp_path_to_filename

Where ftp_path_to_filename is the following:


The source rpm can be downloaded here:


**Note: You must rebuild and install the rpm if you choose to
download and install the srpm. Simply installing the srpm alone

Please verify the md5 checksum of the update before you

  MD5 sum                               Package Name

91f4921306e75bafd2d45b8f385eed74 man-1.5h1-1.i386.rpm
347857c4239ceca04889fbac69b41794 man-1.5h1-1.src.rpm

You can find more updates on our ftp server:
for TL6.0 Workstation

and Server security updates
for TL4.0 Workstation

and Server security updates

Our webpage for security announcements:


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