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Linux Advisory Watch: April 29th 2005 Print E-mail
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Source: LinuxSecurity.com Contributors - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Linux Advisory Watch This week, articles were released for squid, gaim, evolution, junkbuster, samba, cvs, kdelibs, libtiff, mc, dia, cyrus, ImageMagik, openMosixview, kimgio, convert-UUlib, kernel, shareutils, and mozilla. Distributors include Conectiva, Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, Red Hat, and SuSE.


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Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Part I
By: Erica R. Thomas

Looking at the integrity and accountability of financial reporting has become headline news. Widely publicized financial scandals have caused damage to investor, employee, and customer confidence. Government and regulatory agencies have enacted and are starting to enforce new regulations for corporate governance to restore confidence and trust. The response from the United States government regarding the Enron, WorldCom, and Tyco accounting scandals of the late 1990's was the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (The Act) of 2002. It establishes standards for maintaining and preserving electronic and paper records in addition to the accountability of corporate executives, employees, and auditors. The Act contains11 titles and also established new standards for corporate accountability and penalties of fines and imprisonment. Under the act, companies must validate financial statements, maintain auditing practices, report on the effectiveness of the internal controls, and assure integrity and timeliness of data.

The main purpose of the legislation is to make organizations and their executives be held responsible for the validity of corporate reporting. The reporting requires all companies with public interests to require executives to attest to the accuracy of the financial conditions and disclosure of internal weaknesses. An article written by Guardian Digital Inc. says that, "As mandated by SOX (the Sarbanes-Oxley Act), corporations can accommodate these regulations through the design, implementation, and maintenance of efficient and effective internal controls."

There are many sections to the SOA that President Bush signed. According to Mathew Bender in the book, "The Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002 with Analysis", SOA contains two provisions requiring CEOs and CFOs to certify certain SEC filings. The first section requires them to certify that annual and quarterly reports have been reviewed by themselves, does not contain any untrue statement or omit to state a material fact, information fairly represents the situation, and they must disclose any deficiencies or changes to the internal controls. The second section requires that when a report is filed, the CEO or CFO must have a written statement saying that fully complies with the requirements and that it fairly represents the financial and operational results. If they certify the report knowing that it is false, they can face criminal penalties.

Part II, May 6th 2003

 

LinuxSecurity.com Feature Extras:

Getting to Know Linux Security: File Permissions - Welcome to the first tutorial in the 'Getting to Know Linux Security' series. The topic explored is Linux file permissions. It offers an easy to follow explanation of how to read permissions, and how to set them using chmod. This guide is intended for users new to Linux security, therefore very simple. If the feedback is good, I'll consider creating more complex guides for advanced users. Please let us know what you think and how these can be improved.

The Tao of Network Security Monitoring: Beyond Intrusion Detection - To be honest, this was one of the best books that I've read on network security. Others books often dive so deeply into technical discussions, they fail to provide any relevance to network engineers/administrators working in a corporate environment. Budgets, deadlines, and flexibility are issues that we must all address. The Tao of Network Security Monitoring is presented in such a way that all of these are still relevant.

Encrypting Shell Scripts - Do you have scripts that contain sensitive information like passwords and you pretty much depend on file permissions to keep it secure? If so, then that type of security is good provided you keep your system secure and some user doesn't have a "ps -ef" loop running in an attempt to capture that sensitive info (though some applications mask passwords in "ps" output).

 

Take advantage of our Linux Security discussion list! This mailing list is for general security-related questions and comments. To subscribe send an e-mail to security-discuss-request@linuxsecurity.com with "subscribe" as the subject.

Thank you for reading the LinuxSecurity.com weekly security newsletter. The purpose of this document is to provide our readers with a quick summary of each week's most relevant Linux security headline.


   Conectiva
  Conectiva: squid Fixes for multiple squid vulnerabilities
  27th, April, 2005

Squid[1] is a full-featured web proxy cache. This announcement upgrades Squid from 2.5STABLE5 to 2.5STABLE9 in order to fix bug #13718[2] and also fixes the two following vulnerabilities.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118996
 
  Conectiva: gaim Fixes for gaim's vulnerabilities
  27th, April, 2005

Gaim[1] is a multi-protocol instant messaging (IM) client. This announcement fixes three denial of service vulnerabilities that were encountered in Gaim.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118997
 
  Conectiva: evolution Fix for Evolution vulnerability
  27th, April, 2005

Evolution[1] is the GNOME mailer, calendar, contact manager and communications tool. This announcement fixes an issue[2] in Evolution which caused it to crash when displaying certain message types.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118999
 
   Debian
  Debian: New junkbuster packages fix several vulnerabilities
  21st, April, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118945
 
  Debian: New samba packages fix correct sporadic crash
  21st, April, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118946
 
  Debian: New cvs packages fix unauthorised repository access
  27th, April, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118987
 
  Debian: New kdelibs packages fix arbitrary code execution
  26th, April, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118979
 
  Debian: New gaim packages fix denial of service
  27th, April, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118988
 
  Debian: New lsh packages fix several vulnerabilities
  27th, April, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118989
 
   Fedora
  Fedora Core 3 Update: libtiff-3.6.1-10.fc3
  21st, April, 2005

The tools shipped in the libtiff package were missing the JPEG support, even though the library was compiled with JPEG support turned on.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118948
 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: mc-4.6.1-0.14.FC3
  22nd, April, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118957
 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: evolution-2.0.4-4
  22nd, April, 2005

Updated packages.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118963
 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: net-snmp-5.2.1-10.FC3
  26th, April, 2005

New upstream version + several 64bit issues fixed

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118977
 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: dia-0.94-5.fc3
  26th, April, 2005

rebuild of dia to clear use of incompatible abi

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118978
 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: cyrus-imapd-2.2.12-1.1.fc3
  27th, April, 2005

Several buffer overflow bugs were found in cyrus-imapd. It is possible that an authenticated malicious user could cause the imap server to crash. Additionally, a peer news admin could potentially execute arbitrary code on the imap server when news is received using the fetchnews command.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119000
 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: ImageMagick-6.2.2.0-1.fc3
  27th, April, 2005

The update fixes a possible heap corruption issue in the pnm decoder. It also includes a number of other bug fixes and improvements.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119002
 
   Gentoo
  Gentoo: openMosixview Insecure temporary file creation
  21st, April, 2005

openMosixview and the openMosixcollector daemon are vulnerable to symlink attacks, potentially allowing a local user to overwrite arbitrary files.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118944
 
  Gentoo: CVS Multiple vulnerabilities
  22nd, April, 2005

The initial version did not fix several DoS vulnerabilities and one instance of arbitrary code execution. The arbitrary code execution was only possible under very specific circumstances. The updated sections appear below.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118953
 
  Gentoo: gettext Insecure temporary file handling
  22nd, April, 2005

gettext version 0.14.1 reintroduced an old vulnerability by failing to apply the proper patch. The updated sections appear below.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118954
 
  Gentoo: RealPlayer, Helix Player Buffer overflow vulnerability
  22nd, April, 2005

RealPlayer and Helix Player are vulnerable to a buffer overflow that could lead to remote execution of arbitrary code.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118955
 
  Gentoo: KDE kimgio PCX handling buffer overflow
  22nd, April, 2005

KDE fails to properly validate input when handling PCX images, potentially resulting in the execution of arbitrary code.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118958
 
  Gentoo: Kommander Insecure remote script execution
  22nd, April, 2005

Kommander executes remote scripts without confirmation, potentially resulting in the execution of arbitrary code.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118959
 
  Gentoo: eGroupWare XSS and SQL injection vulnerabilities
  25th, April, 2005

eGroupWare is affected by several SQL injection and cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118971
 
  Gentoo: Rootkit Hunter Insecure temporary file creation
  26th, April, 2005

Rootkit Hunter is vulnerable to symlink attacks, potentially allowing a local user to overwrite arbitrary files.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118983
 
  Gentoo: Convert-UUlib Buffer overflow
  26th, April, 2005

A buffer overflow has been reported in Convert-UUlib, potentially resulting in the execution of arbitrary code.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118984
 
  Gentoo: xine-lib Two heap overflow vulnerabilities
  26th, April, 2005

Two vulnerabilities have been found in xine-lib which could lead to the remote execution of arbitrary code.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118985
 
   Red Hat
  RedHat: Important: firefox security update
  21st, April, 2005

Updated firefox packages that fix various security bugs are now available. This update has been rated as having Important security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118941
 
  RedHat: Important: kernel security update
  22nd, April, 2005

Updated kernel packages that fix several security issues in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 kernel are now available. This security advisory has been rated as having important security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team. The Linux kernel handles the basic functions of the operating system.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118961
 
  RedHat: Important: openoffice.org security update
  26th, April, 2005

Updated openoffice.org packages are now available. This update has been rated as having important security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118974
 
  RedHat: Moderate: cvs security update
  26th, April, 2005

An updated cvs package that fixes security bugs is now available. This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118975
 
  RedHat: Low: sharutils security update
  26th, April, 2005

An updated sharutils package is now available. This update has been rated as having low security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118981
 
  RedHat: Important: Mozilla security update
  26th, April, 2005

Updated mozilla packages that fix various security bugs are now available. This update has been rated as having Important security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118982
 
   SuSE
  SuSE: Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla various
  27th, April, 2005

Several problems have been fixed with the security update releases of the Mozilla Firefox 1.0.3 web browser and the Mozilla Suite 1.7.7.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118993
 
   
   
 

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