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Mandrake Versions of Licq prior to 1.0.3 have a vulnerability involving the way Licq parses received URLs.


                Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory

Package name:           licq
Date:                   March 20th, 2001
Advisory ID:            MDKSA-2001:032

Affected versions:      7.1, 7.2, Corporate Server 1.0.1

Problem Description:

 Versions of Licq prior to 1.0.3 have a vulnerability involving the way
 Licq parses received URLs.  The received URLs are passed to the web
 browser without any sanity checking by using the system() function.
 Because of the lack of checks on the URL, remote attackers can pipe
 other commands with the sent URLs causing the client to unwillingly
 execute arbitrary commands.  The URL parsing code has been fixed in
 the most recent 1.0.3 version.

 Users of Linux-Mandrake 7.1 and Corporate Server 1.0.1 will have to
 manually remove the licq-data package by using "rpm -e licq-data" prior
 to upgrading.

Please verify the update prior to upgrading to ensure the integrity of
the downloaded package.  You can do this with the command:
  rpm --checksig package.rpm
You can get the GPG public key of the Linux-Mandrake Security Team at
If you use MandrakeUpdate, the verification of md5 checksum and GPG
signature is performed automatically for you.

Linux-Mandrake 7.1:
f2d0e9e399834b4018d306ec32c2c616  7.1/RPMS/licq-1.0.3-2.2mdk.i586.rpm
30bdd5a1b0402e0bf8773089cfadb4ed  7.1/RPMS/licq-autoreply-1.0.3-2.2mdk.i586.rpm
c489c68d5ef4348ec278ea4f13285cc4  7.1/RPMS/licq-console-1.0.3-2.2mdk.i586.rpm
4b574c6f7e5822551a4028cbfc299de3  7.1/RPMS/licq-devel-1.0.3-2.2mdk.i586.rpm
47a0f6c31795c75f7edc26674c0e9891  7.1/RPMS/licq-forwarder-1.0.3-2.2mdk.i586.rpm
d261eeb9cfdef5aa4f0174b0535ce2a8  7.1/RPMS/licq-gtk-0.50.1-3.2mdk.i586.rpm
f5a166cdc473298ff39a9d3d5d45fbfe  7.1/RPMS/licq-rms-1.0.3-2.2mdk.i586.rpm
8bb8f5d7809ecd40c0365261dc5f15ae  7.1/RPMS/licq-update-hosts-1.0.3-2.2mdk.i586.rpm
5698c01aa71559c101c097d5c27c0b51  7.1/SRPMS/licq-1.0.3-2.2mdk.src.rpm
2d3a998b2e7546b45aa14de3c070e49c  7.1/SRPMS/licq-gtk-0.50.1-3.2mdk.src.rpm

Linux-Mandrake 7.2:
ec30860907c35a72b30463a891b9bb10  7.2/RPMS/gtk+licq-0.50.1-3.1mdk.i586.rpm
3d0f9665bf271b15580cb3d6b4eae606  7.2/RPMS/licq-1.0.3-2.1mdk.i586.rpm
bd824ee868e208e485d11e6fc48085bd  7.2/RPMS/licq-autoreply-1.0.3-2.1mdk.i586.rpm
948de0646fd3f6c1b35f0e251bd507df  7.2/RPMS/licq-console-1.0.3-2.1mdk.i586.rpm
9efd04b50ec5ad71885bc6c62c589679  7.2/RPMS/licq-devel-1.0.3-2.1mdk.i586.rpm
d86a738c4cddcffa7636500cee1e2f0b  7.2/RPMS/licq-forwarder-1.0.3-2.1mdk.i586.rpm
e2c2aba5e41927035babf5a1e5dad639  7.2/RPMS/licq-rms-1.0.3-2.1mdk.i586.rpm
1ebd3fecbcff89523d9b568a41808801  7.2/RPMS/licq-update-hosts-1.0.3-2.1mdk.i586.rpm
b5de3edbf59bb6ed83ed6acfd1fcf2a4  7.2/SRPMS/gtk+licq-0.50.1-3.1mdk.src.rpm
c782fd62050a19657c2940a62ec82f5c  7.2/SRPMS/licq-1.0.3-2.1mdk.src.rpm

Corporate Server 1.0.1:
f2d0e9e399834b4018d306ec32c2c616  1.0.1/RPMS/licq-1.0.3-2.2mdk.i586.rpm
30bdd5a1b0402e0bf8773089cfadb4ed  1.0.1/RPMS/licq-autoreply-1.0.3-2.2mdk.i586.rpm
c489c68d5ef4348ec278ea4f13285cc4  1.0.1/RPMS/licq-console-1.0.3-2.2mdk.i586.rpm
4b574c6f7e5822551a4028cbfc299de3  1.0.1/RPMS/licq-devel-1.0.3-2.2mdk.i586.rpm
47a0f6c31795c75f7edc26674c0e9891  1.0.1/RPMS/licq-forwarder-1.0.3-2.2mdk.i586.rpm
d261eeb9cfdef5aa4f0174b0535ce2a8  1.0.1/RPMS/licq-gtk-0.50.1-3.2mdk.i586.rpm
f5a166cdc473298ff39a9d3d5d45fbfe  1.0.1/RPMS/licq-rms-1.0.3-2.2mdk.i586.rpm
8bb8f5d7809ecd40c0365261dc5f15ae  1.0.1/RPMS/licq-update-hosts-1.0.3-2.2mdk.i586.rpm
5698c01aa71559c101c097d5c27c0b51  1.0.1/SRPMS/licq-1.0.3-2.2mdk.src.rpm
2d3a998b2e7546b45aa14de3c070e49c  1.0.1/SRPMS/licq-gtk-0.50.1-3.2mdk.src.rpm

To upgrade automatically, use MandrakeUpdate.

If you want to upgrade manually, download the updated package from one
of our FTP server mirrors and upgrade with "rpm -Fvh *.rpm".

You can download the updates directly from one of the mirror sites
listed at:

Updated packages are available in the "updates/[ver]/RPMS/" directory.
For example, if you are looking for an updated RPM package for
Linux-Mandrake 7.2, look for it in "updates/7.2/RPMS/".  Updated source
RPMs are available as well, but you generally do not need to download

Please be aware that sometimes it takes the mirrors a few hours to

You can view other security advisories for Linux-Mandrake at:

If you want to report vulnerabilities, please contact

Linux-Mandrake has two security-related mailing list services that
anyone can subscribe to:

  Linux-Mandrake's security announcements mailing list.  Only
  announcements are sent to this list and it is read-only.

  Linux-Mandrake's security discussion mailing list.  This list is open
  to anyone to discuss Linux-Mandrake security specifically and Linux
  security in general.

To subscribe to either list, send a message to
with "subscribe [listname]" in the body of the message.

To remove yourself from either list, send a message to
with "unsubscribe [listname]" in the body of the message.

To get more information on either list, send a message to
with "info [listname]" in the body of the message.

Optionally, you can use the web interface to subscribe to or unsubscribe
from either list:

Type Bits/KeyID     Date       User ID
pub  1024D/22458A98 2000-07-10 Linux Mandrake Security Team

Version: GnuPG v1.0.1 (GNU/Linux)
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