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Debian: 'gftp' unauthorized information retrieval

Date 19 Oct 2001
Posted By LinuxSecurity Advisories
Version 2.0.6a of gftp displays thepassword in plain text on the screen within the log window when it islogging into an ftp server.

Debian Security Advisory DSA 084-1                     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                             Martin Schulze
October 18th, 2001

Package        : gftp
Vulnerability  : Information Retrieval
Problem-Type   : local unauthorized Information Retrieval
Debian-specific: no

Stephane Gaudreault told us that version 2.0.6a of gftp displays the
password in plain text on the screen within the log window when it is
logging into an ftp server.  A malicious collegue who is watching the
screen could gain access to the users shell on the remote machine.

This problem has been fixed by the Security Team in version 2.0.6a-3.2
for the stable Debian GNU/Linux 2.2.

We recommend that you upgrade your gftp package.

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 2.2 alias potato

  Source archives:
      MD5 checksum: 8eba39ab947712b46756b4e014b72e8c
      MD5 checksum: 5b0f8f6b09910a413981fc61fb6cf484
      MD5 checksum: 127b1caeacaf342a6f43cfc995b080d6

  Alpha architecture:
      MD5 checksum: 8df836bc91543dc8387a88e4dd8bbdff

  ARM architecture:
      MD5 checksum: 443740e7141814de14687e8209202275

  Intel ia32 architecture:
      MD5 checksum: 674adafc20770c71c53a8b44a4959a25

  Motorola 680x0 architecture:
      MD5 checksum: 301a2a4597e2d8b01e6ee2b273647632

  PowerPC architecture:
      MD5 checksum: d1a65f1efe034f9462bb7bff35d58d58

  Sun Sparc architecture:
      MD5 checksum: 630a9b18ff29b6a21778dd9dff9a7b9d

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

For apt-get: deb stable/updates main
For dpkg-ftp: dists/stable/updates/main
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Package info: `apt-cache show ' and


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