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Linux Advisory Watch: May 12th 2006 Print E-mail
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Linux Advisory Watch This week, advisories were released for thunderbird, cgiirc, tiff, rsync, firefox, nagios, xorg-x11, cpio, gzip, gdm, mysql, xine, libtiff, ruby, php, and cyrus. The distributors include Debain, Gentoo, Mandriva, Red Hat, and SuSE.

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Thank you for reading the 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.

  Debian: New Mozilla Thunderbird packages fix several vulnerabilities
  4th, May, 2006

Updated package.
  Debian: New cgiirc packages fix arbitrary code execution
  8th, May, 2006

Updated package.
  Debian: New Mozilla packages fix arbitrary code execution
  9th, May, 2006

Updated package.
  Debian: New TIFF packages fix denial of service and arbitrary code execution
  9th, May, 2006

Updated package.
  Debian: New Mozilla Firefox packages fix arbitrary code execution
  11th, May, 2006

Updated package.
  Gentoo: rsync Potential integer overflow
  6th, May, 2006

An attacker having write access to an rsync module might be able to execute arbitrary code on an rsync server.
  Gentoo: Mozilla Firefox Potential remote code execution
  6th, May, 2006

The Mozilla Firefox 1.5 line is vulnerable to a buffer overflow in the JavaScript extension which may in theory lead to remote execution of arbitrary code.
  Gentoo: Nagios Buffer overflow
  7th, May, 2006

Nagios is vulnerable to a buffer overflow which may lead to remote execution of arbitrary code.
  Mandriva: Updated xorg-x11 packages fix vulnerability
  5th, May, 2006

A problem was discovered in xorg-x11 where the X render extension would mis-calculate the size of a buffer, leading to an overflow that could possibly be exploited by clients of the X server.
  Mandriva: Updated cpio package fixes symlink bug in passthrough mode
  9th, May, 2006

When using cpio in passthrough mode (i.e.: find dira|cpio -pdmv dirb) symbolic links are replaced with the actual files or directories they point to. Updated packages have been rebuilt with the correct CPPFLAGS to correct this issue.
  Mandriva: Updated gzip packages fix bug with zgrep passing options to grep
  9th, May, 2006

The zgrep wrapper script does not correctly pass all available options that grep accepts to the grep binary. Updated packages have been patched to correct this issue.
  Mandriva: Updated gdm package fixes symlink attack vulnerability
  10th, May, 2006

A race condition in daemon/slave.c in gdm before 2.14.1 allows local users to gain privileges via a symlink attack when gdm performs chown and chgrp operations on the .ICEauthority file. Packages have been patched to correct this issue.
  Mandriva: Updated MySQL packages fix several vulnerabilities
  10th, May, 2006

The check_connection function in in MySQL 4.0.x up to 4.0.26, 4.1.x up to 4.1.18, and 5.0.x up to 5.0.20 allows remote attackers to read portions of memory via a username without a trailing null byte, which causes a buffer over-read. (CVE-2006-1516) in MySQL 4.0.x up to 4.0.26, 4.1.x up to 4.1.18, and 5.0.x up to 5.0.20 allows remote attackers to obtain sensitive information via a COM_TABLE_DUMP request with an incorrect packet length, which includes portions of memory in an error message. (CVE-2006-1517) Updated packages have been patched to correct these issues.
  Mandriva: Updated xine-ui packages fix format string vulnerabilities
  10th, May, 2006

Multiple format string vulnerabilities in xiTK (xitk/main.c) in xine allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via format string specifiers in a long filename on an EXTINFO line in a playlist file. Packages have been patched to correct this issue.
   Red Hat
  RedHat: Important: xorg-x11 security update
  4th, May, 2006

Updated packages that fix a security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4. This update has been rated as having important security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.
  RedHat: Important: libtiff security update
  9th, May, 2006

Updated libtiff packages that fix several security flaws are now availabl for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. This update has been rated as having important security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.
  RedHat: Moderate: ruby security update
  9th, May, 2006

Updated ruby packages that fix a denial of service issue are now available. This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.
  SuSE: php4,php5 various security problems
  5th, May, 2006

This update fixes the following security issues in the scripting languages PHP4 and PHP5:

- copy() and tempnam() functions could bypass open_basedir restrictions (CVE-2006-1494)
- Cross-Site-Scripting (XSS) bug in phpinfo() (CVE-2006-0996)
- mb_send_mail() lacked safe_mode checks (CVE-2006-1014, CVE-2006-1015)
- html_entity_decode() could expose memory content (CVE-2006-1490)
  SuSE: cyrus-sasl-digestmd5 denial of
  5th, May, 2006

If a server or client is using DIGEST-MD5 authentication via the cyrus-sasl libraries it is possible to cause a denial of service attack against the other side (client or server) by leaving out the "realm=" header in the authentication. This is tracked by the Mitre CVE ID CVE-2006-1721.

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