TurboLinux Security Announcement: Package: gpm-1.19.1 and earlier

Date: Fri, 26 May 2000 19:05:40 -0700 (PDT)
From: Katherine M. Moussouris k8e@turbolinux.com
To: tl-security-announce@turbolinux.com
Subject: [TL-Security-Announce] gpm TLSA2000011-1

                        TurboLinux Security Announcement

        Package: gpm-1.19.1 and earlier
        Date:  Fri May 26 18:13:46 PDT 2000

        Affected TurboLinux versions: 6.0.4 and earlier
        Vulnerability Type: local root compromise
        TurboLinux Advisory ID#:  TLSA2000011-1
        BugTraq ID#: 1069
        Credits:  This vulnerability was posted to Bugtraq by
        Egmont Koblinger.

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 gpm-root program, included in the gpm package, contains a programming error whereby a call to setgid() fails, and defaults to the group of the gpm-root binary. The group for the gpm-root binary in the affected installations is root.
2. Impact
A user with console access can use this vulnerability to execute arbitrary commands with elevated priviledges.
3. Solution
Update the packages from our ftp server by running the following command for each package:
rpm -Fvh 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 WILL NOT CLOSE THE SECURITY HOLE.
Please verify the MD5 checksum of the update before you install:

  MD5 sum                               Package Name

These packages are GPG signed by Turbolinux for security. Our key
is available here:

To verify a package, use the following command:
rpm --checksig name_of_rpm
To examine only the md5sum, use the following command:
rpm --checksig --nogpg name_of_rpm
**Note: Checking GPG keys requires RPM 3.0 or higher.

You can find more updates on our ftp server:

ftp://ftp.turbolinux.com/pub/updates/6.0/security/ for TL6.0 Workstation and Server security updates
ftp://ftp.turbolinux.com/pub/updates/4.0/security/ for TL4.0 Workstation and Server security updates
Our webpage for security announcements:
If you want to report vulnerabilities, please contact:

509dfa5effac6a33611420c8eb2913f6  gpm-1.19.2-5.i386.rpm
270376d6f9dcf3c37207bf6b8265e5a2  gpm-devel-1.19.2-5.i386.rpm

c25705ec1fb6c0c28579e0c9a9943d29  gpm-1.19.2-5.src.rpm

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