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    Debian: 'wmtv' local root exploit

    Date 06 Dec 2001
    Posted By LinuxSecurity Advisories
    Nicolas Boullis found a nasty security problem in the wmtv (adockable video4linux tv player for windowmaker) package asdistributed in Debian GNU/Linux 2.2.
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    Debian Security Advisory DSA-092-1                   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                         Wichert Akkerman
    December  6, 2001
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    Package        : wmtv
    Problem type   : local root exploit
    Debian-specific: no
    Nicolas Boullis found a nasty security problem in the wmtv (a
    dockable video4linux tv player for windowmaker) package as
    distributed in Debian GNU/Linux 2.2.
    wmtv can optionally run a command if you double-click on the tv
    window. This command can be specified using the -e command-line
    option. However since wmtv is installed suid root this command
    was also run as root, which gives local users a very simple way
    to get root access.
    This has been fixed in version 0.6.5-2potato1 by dropping root
    privileges before executing the command. We recommend that you
    upgrade your wmtv 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
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      Potato was released for alpha, arm, i386, m68k, powerpc and sparc.
      Source archives:
          MD5 checksum: 71436864099e31a54191828eba1a5af1
          MD5 checksum: fcfed7fae275bcd74f135db0fb315e27
          MD5 checksum: 2ee18b3f1261137e8772d4f6a9dd0031
      Alpha architecture:
          MD5 checksum: da07aa390b028396000c8c8ebf180c44
      ARM architecture:
          MD5 checksum: b0ee729c7de7dfb2b3e1c4c7a8f37e69
      Intel IA-32 architecture:
          MD5 checksum: fd3ce69d983ae4b316114628c7c5fc74
      Motorola 680x0 architecture:
          MD5 checksum: 774a7f254a1a1f27cd7a03f66ac11308
      PowerPC architecture:
          MD5 checksum: 3b98c87d44c9570e4001ceec82d832be
      Sun Sparc architecture:
          MD5 checksum: 7ecfd9e694e3b22b101c52c7f8c4f627
      These packages will be moved into the stable distribution on its next
    For not yet released architectures please refer to the appropriate
    directory$arch/ .
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    apt-get: deb stable/updates main
    dpkg-ftp: dists/stable/updates/main
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    Version: 2.6.3ia
    Charset: noconv
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