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Mandrake: sharutils uudecode vulnerability Print E-mail
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Mandrake The uudecode utility creates output files without checking to see if it is about to write to a symlink or pipe. This could be exploited by a local attacker to overwrite files or lead to privilege escalation if users decode data into share directories.


                Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory

Package name:           sharutils
Advisory ID:            MDKSA-2002:052
Date:                   August 14th, 2002
Affected versions:      7.1, 7.2, 8.0, 8.1, 8.2, Corporate Server 1.0.1,
                        Single Network Firewall 7.2

Problem Description:

 The uudecode utility creates output files without checking to see if it
 is about to write to a symlink or pipe.  This could be exploited by a
 local attacker to overwrite files or lead to privilege escalation if
 users decode data into share directories, such as /tmp.  This update
 fixes this vulnerability by checking to see if the destination output
 file is a symlink or pipe.


Updated Packages:

 Linux-Mandrake 7.1:
 0cef090407766961c9cfbf39ae47cb4f  7.1/RPMS/sharutils-4.2.1-8.1mdk.i586.rpm
 cec98ba6349a7533873d1bbf7d77df92  7.1/SRPMS/sharutils-4.2.1-8.1mdk.src.rpm

 Linux-Mandrake 7.2:
 4f6cc4d34eb4383ac86b1f24d66b2609  7.2/RPMS/sharutils-4.2.1-8.1mdk.i586.rpm
 cec98ba6349a7533873d1bbf7d77df92  7.2/SRPMS/sharutils-4.2.1-8.1mdk.src.rpm

 Mandrake Linux 8.0:
 73204916c2ddaaa35928aae097bf34a6  8.0/RPMS/sharutils-4.2.1-8.1mdk.i586.rpm
 cec98ba6349a7533873d1bbf7d77df92  8.0/SRPMS/sharutils-4.2.1-8.1mdk.src.rpm

 Mandrake Linux 8.0/ppc:
 7d268cb972cba165ad00edb748280463  ppc/8.0/RPMS/sharutils-4.2.1-8.1mdk.ppc.rpm
 cec98ba6349a7533873d1bbf7d77df92  ppc/8.0/SRPMS/sharutils-4.2.1-8.1mdk.src.rpm

 Mandrake Linux 8.1:
 b29aa6f0277acb8ec0322b0449a5d5cc  8.1/RPMS/sharutils-4.2.1-8.1mdk.i586.rpm
 cec98ba6349a7533873d1bbf7d77df92  8.1/SRPMS/sharutils-4.2.1-8.1mdk.src.rpm

 Mandrake Linux 8.1/ia64:
 ab622e101d1fb45e70cb91f2d8095ceb  ia64/8.1/RPMS/sharutils-4.2.1-8.1mdk.ia64.rpm
 cec98ba6349a7533873d1bbf7d77df92  ia64/8.1/SRPMS/sharutils-4.2.1-8.1mdk.src.rpm

 Mandrake Linux 8.2:
 933544c2edfed6f26eb5e6a9105dd3f1  8.2/RPMS/sharutils-4.2.1-8.1mdk.i586.rpm
 cec98ba6349a7533873d1bbf7d77df92  8.2/SRPMS/sharutils-4.2.1-8.1mdk.src.rpm

 Mandrake Linux 8.2/ppc:
 9e9df329ac4933f1ee7e2a7a03e587c8  ppc/8.2/RPMS/sharutils-4.2.1-8.1mdk.ppc.rpm
 cec98ba6349a7533873d1bbf7d77df92  ppc/8.2/SRPMS/sharutils-4.2.1-8.1mdk.src.rpm

 Corporate Server 1.0.1:
 0cef090407766961c9cfbf39ae47cb4f  1.0.1/RPMS/sharutils-4.2.1-8.1mdk.i586.rpm
 cec98ba6349a7533873d1bbf7d77df92  1.0.1/SRPMS/sharutils-4.2.1-8.1mdk.src.rpm

 Single Network Firewall 7.2:
 4f6cc4d34eb4383ac86b1f24d66b2609  snf7.2/RPMS/sharutils-4.2.1-8.1mdk.i586.rpm
 cec98ba6349a7533873d1bbf7d77df92  snf7.2/SRPMS/sharutils-4.2.1-8.1mdk.src.rpm

Bug IDs fixed (see for more information):


To upgrade automatically, use MandrakeUpdate.  The verification of md5
checksums and GPG signatures is performed automatically for you.

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

Please verify the update prior to upgrading to ensure the integrity of
the downloaded package.  You can do this with the command:

  rpm --checksig 

All packages are signed by MandrakeSoft for security.  You can obtain
the GPG public key of the Mandrake Linux Security Team from:

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

You can view other update advisories for Mandrake Linux at:

MandrakeSoft has several security-related mailing list services that
anyone can subscribe to.  Information on these lists can be obtained by

If you want to report vulnerabilities, please contact

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

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