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Mandrake: 'ispell' temp file vulnerability Print E-mail
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Mandrake The ispell program uses mktemp() to open temporary files. This makes it vulnerable to symlink attacks.


                Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory

Package name:           ispell
Date:                   June 20th, 2001
Advisory ID:            MDKSA-2001:058

Affected versions:      7.1, 7.2, 8.0, Corporate Server 1.0.1

Problem Description:

 The ispell program uses mktemp() to open temporary files.  This makes
 it vulnerable to symlink attacks.  The program now has a patch from
 OpenBSD applied that uses mkstemp() instead, and switches gets() to
 fgets() for dealing with user input.



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.

Linux-Mandrake 7.1:
7e0259681eecfea26914f2177aed1622  7.1/RPMS/ispell-3.1.20-10.1mdk.i586.rpm
0c4404521d7490e5c30651d25bf47a96  7.1/RPMS/ispell-de-3.1.20-10.1mdk.i586.rpm
27d507aabb0a76fba7d46359d5490e9e  7.1/RPMS/ispell-en-3.1.20-10.1mdk.i586.rpm
2ecc2af3a167bef1f49180fa8a1cac60  7.1/SRPMS/ispell-3.1.20-10.1mdk.src.rpm

Linux-Mandrake 7.2:
3e234ec53b20accf87784622b43aa5df  7.2/RPMS/ispell-3.1.20-13.1mdk.i586.rpm
3f3fe8ec98b34a78c0488c9eefd1f434  7.2/RPMS/ispell-en-3.1.20-13.1mdk.i586.rpm
27131000e3ece80247ecd4d4ac7768c5  7.2/SRPMS/ispell-3.1.20-13.1mdk.src.rpm

Mandrake Linux 8.0:
dea62fd582831557c0c5bb860e1fdaee  8.0/RPMS/ispell-3.1.20-15.1mdk.i586.rpm
145b269dd5d9b678732f370e99f5b92f  8.0/RPMS/ispell-en-3.1.20-15.1mdk.i586.rpm
a6bf8ad149902347b5a7703474e02def  8.0/SRPMS/ispell-3.1.20-15.1mdk.src.rpm

Corporate Server 1.0.1:
7e0259681eecfea26914f2177aed1622  1.0.1/RPMS/ispell-3.1.20-10.1mdk.i586.rpm
0c4404521d7490e5c30651d25bf47a96  1.0.1/RPMS/ispell-de-3.1.20-10.1mdk.i586.rpm
27d507aabb0a76fba7d46359d5490e9e  1.0.1/RPMS/ispell-en-3.1.20-10.1mdk.i586.rpm
2ecc2af3a167bef1f49180fa8a1cac60  1.0.1/SRPMS/ispell-3.1.20-10.1mdk.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.

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