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Debian: mhc insecure temporary file vulnerability Print E-mail
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Debian There is an insecure tmp file vulnerability in adb2mhc from the mhc-utils package.

Debian Security Advisory DSA 256-1                                        Martin Schulze
February 28th, 2003            

Package        : mhc
Vulnerability  : insecure temporary file
Problem-Type   : local
Debian-specific: no

It has been discovered that adb2mhc from the mhc-utils package.  The
default temporary directory uses a predictable name.  This adds a
vulnerability that allows a local attacker to overwrite arbitrary
files the users has write permissions for.

For the stable distribution (woody) this problem has been
fixed in version 0.25+20010625-7.1.

For the old stable distribution (potato) does not contain mhc

For the unstable distribution (sid) this problem has been fixed in
version 0.25+20030224-1.

We recommend that you upgrade your mhc-utils packages.

Upgrade Instructions

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

If you are using the apt-get package manager, use the line for
sources.list as given below:

apt-get update
        will update the internal database
apt-get upgrade
        will install corrected packages

You may use an automated update by adding the resources from the
footer to the proper configuration.

Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 alias woody

  Source archives:
      Size/MD5 checksum:      617 fc3098663e051e20fed88ee8e7a7bfbd
      Size/MD5 checksum:    14493 ac68647bb9aed85ce74037b5eb306b54
      Size/MD5 checksum:   208318 2233746036919a421f7f291625761823

  Architecture independent components:
      Size/MD5 checksum:   147808 c5f128fe3d1d2a9b643874f78d40a5ab

  Alpha architecture:
      Size/MD5 checksum:    91336 07930235dbf263b9b87e89b28725e1ed

  ARM architecture:
      Size/MD5 checksum:    89882 95393dceb844b1e1b5c7abe8e1391ed9

  Intel IA-32 architecture:
      Size/MD5 checksum:    89500 95b17072c6f272a7cf3613eaec4daf94

  Intel IA-64 architecture:
      Size/MD5 checksum:    96796 21fed065479b00474369ffa64cbd2537

  HP Precision architecture:
      Size/MD5 checksum:    92072 56854ee04eadb0e6cf6dea106d54ccdf

  Motorola 680x0 architecture:
      Size/MD5 checksum:    89842 b8ea321b3b85af7f6ccaa1a73a1ad3d3

  Big endian MIPS architecture:
      Size/MD5 checksum:    89846 26cc8298c8012004f4a7d3561b8c0a76

  Little endian MIPS architecture:
      Size/MD5 checksum:    89738 3f224d8ed5bfc46311d3b725849d8d6f

  PowerPC architecture:
      Size/MD5 checksum:    89820 05aced4ba0ba537d8de38339b5a44f08

  IBM S/390 architecture:
      Size/MD5 checksum:    90426 ed10fcd3f89b6fbd9a40b52ead00df17

  Sun Sparc architecture:
      Size/MD5 checksum:    90140 53a151508170f3ca559a093f6331c357

  These files will probably be moved into the stable distribution on
  its next revision.

For apt-get: deb stable/updates main
For dpkg-ftp: dists/stable/updates/main
Mailing list:
Package info: `apt-cache show ' and

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