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Slackware Upgrade to inn-2.4.1 to fix a potentially exploitable buffer overflow.

[slackware-security]  INN security update (SSA:2004-014-02)

INN (InterNetNews) is used to run a news (NNTP) server.

New INN packages are available for Slackware 9.0, 9.1, and -current.
These have been upgraded to inn-2.4.1 to fix a potentially
exploitable buffer overflow.  All sites running INN should upgrade.

Here are the details from the Slackware 9.1 ChangeLog:
Wed Jan 14 11:58:58 PST 2004
patches/packages/inn-2.4.1-i486-1.tgz:  Upgraded to inn-2.4.1.
  From the inn-2.4.1 NEWS file:
    * SECURITY: Handle the special filing of control messages into per-type
    newsgroups more robust.  This closes a potentially exploitable buffer
    overflow.  Thanks to Dan Riley for his excellent bug report.
  (* Security fix *)


Updated package for Slackware 9.0:

Updated package for Slackware 9.1:

Updated package for Slackware -current:


Slackware 9.0 package:
e8f68835dcb70cfa4f5b812352880bea  inn-2.4.1-i386-1.tgz

Slackware 9.1 package:
7d7e8e8934bd53f7b2c884115078cd5d  inn-2.4.1-i486-1.tgz

Slackware -current package:
0da5a48fee9b37789948f7030bd09d7e  inn-2.4.1-i486-1.tgz


First, back up your config files in /etc/news and /var/lib/news.
Shut down the news server with /etc/rc.d/ stop.
Upgrade the INN package with upgradepkg.
Restore any custom config files (or edit the new ones).
Restart the news server with /etc/rc.d/ start.


Slackware Linux Security Team

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