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Debian 2.1: race condition present in make  21 February 2000 
Posted by LinuxSecurity.com Team   
The make package as shipped in Debian GNU/Linux 2.1 is vulnerable to arace condition that can be exploited with a symlink attack. make usedmktemp while creating temporary files in /tmp. and that is a knownpotential security hole, as documented in the man page of mktemp.
 
apcd: symlink attack in apcd  01 February 2000 
Posted by LinuxSecurity.com Team   
The apcd package as shipped in Debian GNU/Linux 2.1 is vulnerable to a symlink attack. If the apcd process gets a SIGUSR1 signal it will dump its status to /tmp/upsstat. However this file is not opened safely, which makes it a good target for a symlink attack. This has been fixed in version 0.6a.nr-4slink1. We recommend you upgrade your apcd package immediately.
 
Deb: Root compromise in ftpwatch  12 January 2000 
Posted by LinuxSecurity.com Team   
This vulnerability exists in all distributed versions of the ftpwatch package. We recommend that you remove ftpwatch package until a corrected version is released.
 
Deb: buffer overflows in bootpd and ftp  12 January 2000 
Posted by LinuxSecurity.com Team   
Vulnerabilities have been found in the bootpd and ftp programs.
 
Deb: Buffer overflow in some ftp servers  12 January 2000 
Posted by LinuxSecurity.com Team   
The wu-ftpd-academ and proftpd packages distributed in Debian GNU/Linux 2.0 (hamm) are vulnerable to a buffer overflow. It is possible to gain shell access to the machine, and we recommend upgrading these packages immediately.
 
TDeb: Security problem with temp file handling  12 January 2000 
Posted by LinuxSecurity.com Team   
There is an error in the way the cfengine package handles temporary files whenit runs the tidy action on homedirectories. This error makes it susceptible tosymlink attacks.
 
New version of samba released  13 December 1999 
Posted by LinuxSecurity.com Team   
The version of samba as distributed in Debian GNU/Linux 2.1 has a couple ofsecurity problems:* a Denial-of-Service attack against nmbd was possible* it was possible to exploit smbd if you had a message command defined which used the %f or %M formatter.* smbmnt's check to see if a user is allowed to create a mount was flawed which allowed users to mount at arbitraty mountpoints in the filesystem
 
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