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Debian When printing text it would create a temporary file with the to beprinted text and pass that on to the print system.

Debian Security Advisory DSA-053-1                                  Wichert Akkerman
April 27, 2001

Package        : nedit
Problem type   : insecure temporary file
Debian-specific: no

The nedit (Nirvana editor) package as shipped in the non-free section
accompanying Debian GNU/Linux 2.2/potato had a bug in its printing code:
when printing text it would create a temporary file with the to be
printed text and pass that on to the print system. The temporary file
was not created safely, which could be exploited by an attacked to make
nedit overwrite arbitrary files.

This has been fixed in version 5.02-7.1.

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

Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 alias potato

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

  Source archives:
      MD5 checksum: 82b90eea8263fd3f6140b40737f1fc16
      MD5 checksum: e14d25693dab3e329a93bdca10a45f03
      MD5 checksum: 2d8d0a8ec173fde6d574ffef40bbc524

  Alpha architecture:
      MD5 checksum: 18b921a22b20423e1e10ea599f8e98a3

  ARM architecture:
      MD5 checksum: 748d639bc26e810a23fb4911b5a93da0

  Intel ia32 architecture:
      MD5 checksum: 1ad6fee0f55443820817b6a7e702afbf

  Motorola 680x0 architecture:
      MD5 checksum: eecbe4dd085e4d3588d1b1e2ce394af7

  PowerPC architecture:
      MD5 checksum: abb9cbbee1abf13ba7d7cbcc16caf07a

  Sun Sparc architecture:
      MD5 checksum: cc465ff49985a82cd150fb38f449f75b

  These packages will be moved into the stable distribution on its next

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

apt-get: deb stable/updates main
dpkg-ftp: dists/stable/updates/main
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