Security hole in Man (man_db)

    Date08 Dec 1999
    CategorySuSE
    3246
    Posted ByLinuxSecurity Advisories
    The zsoelim program, which is part of the man package, creates files in /tmp without security checkings.
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                            SuSE Security Announcement
    
            Package:  man-2.3.10-42
            Date:     Tue Jun 29 00:22:52 CEST 1999
            Affected: all Linux distributions using man-2.3.10
    
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    A security hole was discovered in the package mentioned above.
    Please update as soon as possible or disable the service if you are using
    this software on your SuSE Linux installation(s).
    
    Other Linux distributions or operating systems might be affected as
    well, please contact your vendor for information about this issue.
    
    Please note, that that we provide this information on as "as-is" basis only.
    There is no warranty whatsoever and no liability for any direct, indirect or
    incidental damage arising from this information or the installation of
    the update package.
    
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    1. Problem Description
    
        The zsoelim program, which is part of the man package, creates files
        in /tmp without security checkings.
    
    2. Impact
    
        By creating symbolic links an attacker could overwrite files with the
        permissions of the user executing man.
    
    3. Solution
    
        Install the updated man package, which is available from our
        ftp server since some weeks.
    
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    Here are the md5 checksums of the upgrade packages, please verify these
    before installing the new packages:
    
    d95cbd1e35924738c7e53226d2298a4b  man-2.3.10-76.i386.rpm
    cc96fa227766d50001d2800349bccb52  man-2.3.10-76.src.rpm
    
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    You will find the updates on our ftp-Server:
    
      ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/6.1/a1/man-2.3.10-76.i386.rpm (glibc)
      ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/6.1/zq1/man-2.3.10-76.src.rpm (Source)
    
    Webpage for patches:
            http://www.suse.de/patches/index.html
    
    or try the following web pages for a list of mirrors:
    
            http://www.suse.de/ftp.html
            http://www.suse.com/ftp_new.html
    
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