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    Debian: 'gpm' local root vulnerability

    Date 27 Dec 2001
    Posted By LinuxSecurity Advisories
    Among other problems, the gpm-root program contains a format stringvulnerability, which allows an attacker to gain root privileges.
    Debian Security Advisory DSA-095-1                   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                    Robert van der Meulen
    December 27, 2001
    Package        : gpm
    Problem type   : local root vulnerability
    Debian-specific: no
    The package 'gpm' contains the 'gpm-root' program, which can be used to
    create mouse-activated menus on the console.
    Among other problems, the gpm-root program contains a format string
    vulnerability, which allows an attacker to gain root privileges.
    This has been fixed in version 1.17.8-18.1, and we recommend that you upgrade
    your 1.17.8-18 package immediately.
    wget url
            will fetch the file for you
    dpkg -i file.deb
            will install the referenced file.
    Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 alias potato
      Potato was released for alpha, arm, i386, m68k, powerpc and sparc.
      Source archives:
          MD5 checksum: 8c48aa1656391d3755c289a87db13bf0
          MD5 checksum: bafbe8ffe73d3b5783e9841f1894af77
          MD5 checksum: 9d50c299bf925996546efaf32de1db7b
      Alpha architecture:
          MD5 checksum: 0e50705cadfd58777d02fa6806c10bdf
          MD5 checksum: cbeeeac3795318255126814d71b7b945
          MD5 checksum: f5dd9e395259b037d20e013e112a55e8
      ARM architecture:
          MD5 checksum: 6b41896ddfed4a119d17e5d8e8391384
          MD5 checksum: f02444fc5a9a6a7c7da0e1cb19df24a6
          MD5 checksum: 0ae3eb96377394d65e0e8031d0019147
      Intel IA-32 architecture:
          MD5 checksum: 18c837abec8360db146681d2a713177a
          MD5 checksum: f60aa2b9720ee597f18fa3fa86a8af6e
          MD5 checksum: 815a1e90fe36e603f0803f92b6898f19
          MD5 checksum: 514a1baee569e548349f7c4dc2941f3d
          MD5 checksum: 52014c36f8155a0c89e9ade02d91cdbe
      Motorola 680x0 architecture:
          MD5 checksum: ce61772d26c799bce33d729ed7fc67b7
          MD5 checksum: 923894ee7bdc1a8e648881eaf5f372da
          MD5 checksum: 019de1ecb144e3d10b5978ea640a24c4
          MD5 checksum: 88d75f4b1f85e6aee903f886b311e127
          MD5 checksum: 1ea940b2e3c5d7fade43d75ed3253569
      PowerPC architecture:
          MD5 checksum: aa2415e6f489af235e173d6d5a69b05f
          MD5 checksum: cd823ce39eb4125ed4a8dd0c17362107
          MD5 checksum: 0188cb6c4ffd82a146812e53c1387918
      Sun Sparc architecture:
          MD5 checksum: b703c2e30b52446508f18951551839a3
          MD5 checksum: b8a75b6ab45f649b9e458cf778545a9e
          MD5 checksum: fa4ae1bda04f3b13622d6e6bc9ffcb35
      These packages will be moved into the stable distribution on its next
    For not yet released architectures please refer to the appropriate
    directory$arch/ .
    apt-get: deb stable/updates main
    dpkg-ftp: dists/stable/updates/main
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