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Mandrake: 'kdelibs' vulnerability Print E-mail
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Mandrake A problem exists with the kdesu component of kdelibs.


                Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory

Package name:           kdelibs
Date:                   June 18th, 2001
Original Advisory Date: May 3rd, 2001
Advisory ID:            MDKSA-2001:046-2

Affected versions:      8.0

Problem Description:

 A problem exists with the kdesu component of kdelibs.  It created a
 world-readable temporary file to exchange authentication information
 and delete it shortly after.  This can be abused by a local user to
 gain access to the X server and could result in a compromise of the
 account that kdesu would access.


 The previous update broke sound support under KDE.  This update
 resolves the problem.

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 Mandrake Linux Security Team at
If you use MandrakeUpdate, the verification of md5 checksum and GPG
signature is performed automatically for you.

Mandrake Linux 8.0:
0270b302c84ce3bc6802348c89572585  8.0/RPMS/arts-2.1.2-3mdk.i586.rpm
6a8d148dd5de24857a34c6c3c3dfa74c  8.0/RPMS/kdelibs-2.1.2-3mdk.i586.rpm
5b9e10cbfed7cd2fa278bf30279df569  8.0/RPMS/kdelibs-devel-2.1.2-3mdk.i586.rpm
cfd2d950c44fbb662bd27adfe111fdb2  8.0/RPMS/kdelibs-devel-static-libraries-2.1.2-3mdk.i586.rpm
a1b7b96d5525b0c36d9645f43452a4ac  8.0/RPMS/libarts2-2.1.2-3mdk.i586.rpm
8dcb076115765a853fbefc5d92a27c3b  8.0/RPMS/libarts2-devel-2.1.2-3mdk.i586.rpm
5ef1a888353f45faef0ad73d54e551cc  8.0/SRPMS/kdelibs-2.1.2-3mdk.src.rpm

Bug IDs fixed (see for more information):


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
Mandrake Linux 8.0, look for it in "updates/8.0/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 Mandrake Linux at:

If you want to report vulnerabilities, please contact

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

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

  Mandrake Linux's security discussion mailing list.  This list is open
  to anyone to discuss Mandrake Linux 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:

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