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RedHat: 'traceroute' suid root vulnerability Print E-mail
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RedHat Linux A root exploit and several additional bugs in traceroute have beencorrected.

                   Red Hat, Inc. Security Advisory

Synopsis:          traceroute setuid root exploit with multiple -g options
Advisory ID:       RHSA-2000:078-02
Issue date:        2000-10-06
Updated on:        2000-10-06
Product:           Red Hat Linux
Keywords:          traceroute setuid root exploit
Cross references:  N/A

1. Topic:

a root exploit and several additional bugs in traceroute have been

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Linux 5.0 - i386, alpha, sparc
Red Hat Linux 5.1 - i386, alpha, sparc
Red Hat Linux 5.2 - i386, alpha, sparc
Red Hat Linux 6.0 - i386, alpha, sparc
Red Hat Linux 6.1 - i386, alpha, sparc
Red Hat Linux 6.2 - i386, alpha, sparc

3. Problem description:

A root exploit due to a segfault when using multiple -g options is fixed
for Red Hat Linux 6.x and Red Hat Linux 5.x.

A potential denial-of-service attack is alleviated by enforcing a maximum
buffer size of 64Kb.

On Red Hat Linux 6.x, loose source routing (LSRR) now works correctly.

4. Solution:

For each RPM for your particular architecture, run:

rpm -Fvh [filename]

where filename is the name of the RPM.

5. Bug IDs fixed  (http://bugzilla.Red for more info):

18466 - traceroute: local root exploit now exists
13466 - segfault while parsing multiple -g arguments
15917 - Maksimum packetlength checked badly (Local DoS)
16281 - traceroute LSRR broken

6. RPMs required:

Red Hat Linux 5.x:





Red Hat Linux 6.x:





7. Verification:

MD5 sum                           Package Name
1fe1fb918271526d5d4e22046f1da776  5.2/SRPMS/traceroute-1.4a5-24.5x.src.rpm
25a92211082e65df9f89fd71ac7a6888  5.2/alpha/traceroute-1.4a5-24.5x.alpha.rpm
2fc1c66152f3fbd723b695472aadc0a6  5.2/i386/traceroute-1.4a5-24.5x.i386.rpm
d60c337c3fa3d23ba2c1cde082c8fee5  5.2/sparc/traceroute-1.4a5-24.5x.sparc.rpm
9fc2151d7cca01185add0ed085efcde0  6.2/SRPMS/traceroute-1.4a5-24.6x.src.rpm
f279d9e415a7d806daae86e8112fe8c6  6.2/alpha/traceroute-1.4a5-24.6x.alpha.rpm
49bd824f9f4784ce9c45fa54285c7aa0  6.2/i386/traceroute-1.4a5-24.6x.i386.rpm
498a1e08221e1d9e0115edb7f34ecef9  6.2/sparc/traceroute-1.4a5-24.6x.sparc.rpm

These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat, Inc. for security.  Our key
is available at:

You can verify each package with the following command:
    rpm --checksig  

If you only wish to verify that each package has not been corrupted or
tampered with, examine only the md5sum with the following command:
    rpm --checksig --nogpg 

8. References:

Thanks to Pekka Savola <> for discovering the flaw.

See for a complete summary of
the flaw.

Copyright(c) 2000 Red Hat, Inc.

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