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Debian: 'man-db' format string vulnerability Print E-mail
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Debian Styx has reported that the program `man' mistakenly passes maliciousstrings through routines that were not meant to use them as format strings.

Debian Security Advisory DSA-028-1                                            Martin Schulze
February 9, 2001

Package        : man-db
Vulnerability  : format string vulnerability
Type           : local exploit
Debian-specific: no

Styx has reported that the program `man' mistakenly passes malicious
strings (i.e. containing format characters) through routines that were
not meant to use them as format strings.  Since this could cause a
segmentation fault and privileges were not dropped it may lead to an
exploit for the 'man' user.

We recommend you upgrade your man-db package immediately.

wget url
        will fetch the file for you
dpkg -i file.deb
        will install the referenced file.

You may use an automated update by adding the resources from the
footer to the proper configuration.

Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 alias potato

  Potato was released for the alpha, arm, i386, m68k, powerpc and sparc

  Source archives:
      MD5 checksum: 2b9918131917984b87fcee9ddc08fb2e
      MD5 checksum: c6c5931bd70a34d8b6df5d09736a6110

  Intel ia32 architecture:
      MD5 checksum: ef897ea4450eb06089ae87213177d5fa

  Motorola 680x0 architecture:
      MD5 checksum: 3f12e53dfbf896eba06296403363c977

  Sun Sparc architecture:
      MD5 checksum: ab357a472d57c7668992f0f5b0395d93

  Alpha architecture:
      MD5 checksum: cde9367a123c74ff40970beb66d3dedb

  PowerPC architecture:
      MD5 checksum: 5aad8020aa268abf5c283537cb78eda2

  ARM architecture:
      MD5 checksum: c7980061b9e8a5d95191befcd93e5d0e

  These files will be moved into*/binary-$arch/ soon.

For not yet released architectures please refer to the appropriate
directory$arch/ .

For apt-get: deb stable/updates main
For dpkg-ftp: dists/stable/updates/main
Mailing list:
Package info: `apt-cache show ' and

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