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Linux Advisory Watch: June 24th 2005 Print E-mail
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Source: LinuxSecurity.com Contributors - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Linux Advisory Watch This week, advisories were released for elinks, mikmod, tcpdump, parted, system-config-securitylevel, checkpolicy, spamassassin, gaim, ruby, arts, kde, util-linux, sudo, gawk, mc, pilot-link, alsa-utils, jpilot, ImageMagick, hwdata, webapp, cpio, squirrelmail, and bzip2. The distributors include Fedora, Gentoo, and Red Hat.


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SPF: Ready for Prime Time, Part II
By: Pete O'Hara

Spammers are Using SPF

At this point in time it's no big secret that spammers are publishing their own SPF records to thwart the system and once their domains end up on a URI block list they throw them away and start with new domains with new SPF records. There may be future solutions to this such as "reputation" schemes (i.e. Aspen Framework) to judge a domain credibility but not at this time.

Why isn't there a standard for SPF?

The MARID group (MTA Authorization Records in DNS) was created by the IETF (The Internet Engineering Task Force) to "produce a standard in the area of DNS-stored policies related to and accessible by MTAs." Due to a failure to come to an agreement to a solution the MARID group was dissolved as reported in an email from the IESG secretary (http://www.imc.org/ietf-mxcomp/mail-archive/msg05061.html). "From the outset, however, the working group participants have had fundamental disagreements on the nature of the record to be provided and the mechanism by which it would be checked. Technical discussion of the merits of these mechanisms has not swayed their proponents, and what data is available on existing deployments has not made one choice obviously superior. Each represents trade-offs, and the working group has not succeeded in establishing which trade-offs are the most appropriate for this purpose. These assessments have been difficult in part because they have been moved out of the realm of pure engineering by the need to evaluate IPR and licensing related to at least one proposal in the light of a variety of licenses associated with the deployed base of MTAs."

It seems that the problem came down to the "last call" when a proposed solution (Sender ID) to MARID included PRA (Purported Responsible Address algorithm) which Microsoft claimed intellectual property rights to. Microsoft was willing to allow free use but only in conjunction with a patent license. Most of the MARID participants objected to this and rightfully so. Many strongly suspected the intention to gain control over another piece of the industry.

The Future

The future of email sender verification has several possibilities. Some of which are Yahoo's "DomainKeys", Cisco's "IIM" (Identified Internet Mail), a mix of both of these referred to as "DKIM", the "Aspen Framework" (which incorporates second generation "Unified" SPF) and CSV (Client SMTP Verification). Here is a brief run down on these proposals.

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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).

 

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   Fedora
  Fedora Core 4 Update: elinks-0.10.3-3.1
  16th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119321
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: mikmod-3.1.6-35.FC4
  16th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119322
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: tcpdump-3.8.2-13.FC4
  16th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119323
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: parted-1.6.22-3.FC4
  16th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119324
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: system-config-securitylevel-1.5.8.1-1
  16th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119325
 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: checkpolicy-1.17.5-1.2
  16th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119327
 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: selinux-policy-targeted-1.17.30-3.9
  16th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119328
 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: spamassassin-3.0.4-1.fc3
  16th, June, 2005

Important update for a Denial of Service vulnerability, plus more bug fixes from upstream. More details available at: http://wiki.apache.org/spamassassin/NextRelease

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119332
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: spamassassin-3.0.4-1.fc4
  16th, June, 2005

Important update for a Denial of Service vulnerability, plus more bug fixes from upstream. More details available at: http://wiki.apache.org/spamassassin/NextRelease

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119333
 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: gaim-1.3.1-0.fc3
  16th, June, 2005

More bug and denial of service fixes.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119334
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: gaim-1.3.1-0.fc4
  16th, June, 2005

More bug and denial of service fixes.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119335
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: ruby-1.8.2-7.fc4.1
  16th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119338
 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: ruby-1.8.2-1.fc3.2
  16th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119339
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: arts-1.4.1-0.fc4.1
  17th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119342
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: kdelibs-3.4.1-0.fc4.1
  17th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119343
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: kdebase-3.4.1-0.fc4.1
  17th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119344
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: kdemultimedia-3.4.1-0.fc4.1
  17th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119345
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: kdesdk-3.4.1-0.fc4.1
  17th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119346
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: kdeaccessibility-3.4.1-0.fc4.1
  17th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119347
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: kdeaddons-3.4.1-0.fc4.1
  17th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119348
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: kdeartwork-3.4.1-0.fc4.1
  17th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119349
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: kdebindings-3.4.1-0.fc4.1
  17th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119350
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: kdeedu-3.4.1-0.fc4.1
  17th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119351
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: kdegames-3.4.1-0.fc4.1
  17th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119352
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: kdegraphics-3.4.1-0.fc4.1
  17th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119353
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: kdenetwork-3.4.1-0.fc4.1
  17th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119354
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: kdepim-3.4.1-0.fc4.2
  17th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119355
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: kdeutils-3.4.1-0.fc4.1
  17th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119356
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: kdevelop-3.2.1-0.fc4.1
  17th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119357
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: kdewebdev-3.4.1-0.fc4.1
  17th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119358
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: kdeadmin-3.4.1-0.fc4.1
  17th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119359
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: kde-i18n-3.4.1-0.fc4.1
  17th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119360
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: util-linux-2.12p-9.5
  17th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119363
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: sudo-1.6.8p8-2.1
  17th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119364
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: gawk-3.1.4-5.2
  17th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119365
 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: util-linux-2.12a-24.3
  17th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119366
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: mc-4.6.1a-0.10.FC4
  20th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119373
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: pilot-link-0.12.0-0.pre3.0.fc4.1
  20th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119374
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: selinux-policy-targeted-1.23.18-12
  20th, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119375
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: alsa-lib-1.0.9rf-2.FC4
  21st, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119377
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: alsa-utils-1.0.9rf-2.FC4
  21st, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119378
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: system-config-soundcard-1.2.12-2
  21st, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119379
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: jpilot-0.99.8-0.pre9.fc4.1
  21st, June, 2005

This is new upstream version which is compatible with new fc4 pilot-link version.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119380
 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: ruby-1.8.2-1.fc3.3
  21st, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119385
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: ruby-1.8.2-7.fc4.2
  21st, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119386
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: ImageMagick-6.2.2.0-3.fc4.0
  21st, June, 2005

The package version numbers of the ImageMagick package could cause upgrades from FC3 to FC4 to miss the newer ImageMagick package in FC4.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119387
 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: sudo-1.6.7p5-30.3
  21st, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119388
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: sudo-1.6.8p8-2.2
  21st, June, 2005

Updated package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119389
 
  Fedora Core 4 Update: hwdata-0.158.1-1
  22nd, June, 2005

This update adds the hisax modules to the hotplug blacklist; this ensures they aren't loaded at boot, so that the ISDN script can load them. This works around the problems created by the ISDN module configuration parameters being written to /etc/sysconfig/isdncard instead of /etc/modprobe.conf.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119399
 
   Gentoo
  Gentoo: webapp-config Insecure temporary file handling
  17th, June, 2005

The webapp-config utility insecurely creates temporary files in a world writable directory, potentially allowing the execution of arbitrary commands.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119341
 
  Gentoo: Sun and Blackdown Java Applet privilege escalation
  19th, June, 2005

Sun's and Blackdown's JDK or JRE may allow untrusted applets to elevate their privileges.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119367
 
  Gentoo: PeerCast Format string vulnerability
  19th, June, 2005

PeerCast suffers from a format string vulnerability that could allow arbitrary code execution.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119368
 
  Gentoo: cpio Directory traversal vulnerability
  19th, June, 2005

cpio contains a flaw which may allow a specially crafted cpio archive to extract files to an arbitrary directory.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119370
 
  Gentoo: SpamAssassin 3, Vipul's Razor Denial of Service vulnerability
  21st, June, 2005

SpamAssassin and Vipul's Razor are vulnerable to a Denial of Service attack when handling certain malformed messages.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119376
 
  Gentoo: Tor Information disclosure
  21st, June, 2005

A flaw in Tor may allow the disclosure of arbitrary memory portions.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119390
 
  Gentoo: SquirrelMail Several XSS vulnerabilities
  21st, June, 2005

Squirrelmail is vulnerable to several cross-site scripting vulnerabilities which could lead to a compromise of webmail accounts.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119391
 
  Gentoo: Cacti Several vulnerabilities
  22nd, June, 2005

Cacti is vulnerable to several SQL injection and file inclusion vulnerabilities.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119396
 
  Gentoo: Trac File upload vulnerability
  22nd, June, 2005

Trac may allow remote attackers to upload files, possibly leading to the execution of arbitrary code.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119398
 
  Gentoo: sudo Arbitrary command execution
  23rd, June, 2005

A vulnerability in sudo may allow local users to elevate privileges.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119400
 
   Red Hat
  RedHat: Low: bzip2 security update
  16th, June, 2005

Updated bzip2 packages that fix multiple issues are 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/119329
 
  RedHat: Moderate: mc security update
  16th, June, 2005

Updated mc packages that fix several security issues are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1. This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/119330
 
  RedHat: Moderate: gaim security update
  16th, June, 2005

An updated gaim package that fixes two denial of service issues 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/119331
 

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