RH6.0: KDE (RHSA-1999:015-01)
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RedHat Linux New KDE RPMs are available for Red Hat Linux 6.0. These RPMs upgrade the 1.1.1pre2 release to 1.1.1 final + fixes. Several security holes have been closed, and other bugs noted in the original RPMs have been corrected.
 
Red Hat, Inc. Security Advisory
Package KDE

Synopsis KDE update for Red Hat Linux 6.0

Advisory ID RHSA-1999:015-01

Issue Date 1999-06-21

Keywords kde kdm kvt kmail 1.1.1



1. Topic:
New KDE RPMs are available for Red Hat Linux 6.0. These RPMs upgrade the 1.1.1pre2 release to 1.1.1 final + fixes. Several security holes have been closed, and other bugs noted in the original RPMs have been corrected.

2. Bug IDs fixed:
2877 3433

3. Relevant releases/architectures:
Red Hat Linux 6.0, all architectures

4. Obsoleted by:
None

5. Conflicts with:
None

6. RPMs required:

Intel:

ftp://updates.Red Hat.com/6.0/i386/

kdeadmin- 1.1.2-3.i386.rpm
kdebase- 1.1.2-11.i386.rpm
kdegames- 1.1.2-2.i386.rpm
kdegraphics-1.1.2-2.i386.rpm
kdelibs- 1.1.2-9.i386.rpm
kdemultimedia-1.1.2-3.i386.rpm
kdenetwork-1.1.2-4.i386.rpm
kdesupport-1.1.2-3.i386.rpm
kdetoys- 1.1.2-2.i386.rpm
kdeutils- 1.1.2-2.i386.rpm
korganizer-1.1.1-2.i386.rpm
kpilot- 3.1b9-3.i386.rpm

Alpha:

ftp://updates.Red Hat.com/6.0/alpha/

kdeadmin-1.1.2-3.alpha.rpm
kdebase-1.1.2-11.alpha.rpm
kdegames-1.1.2-2.alpha.rpm
kdegraphics-1.1.2-2.alpha.rpm
kdelibs- 1.1.2-9.alpha.rpm
kdemultimedia-1.1.2-3.alpha.rpm
kdenetwork-1.1.2-4.alpha.rpm
kdesupport-1.1.2-3.alpha.rpm
kdetoys- 1.1.2-2.alpha.rpm
kdeutils-1.1.2-2.alpha.rpm
korganizer-1.1.1-2.alpha.rpm
kpilot- 3.1b9-3.alpha.rpm

SPARC:

ftp://updates.Red Hat.com/6.0/sparc/

kdeadmin-1.1.2-3.sparc.rpm
kdebase-1.1.2-11.sparc.rpm
kdegames-1.1.2-2.sparc.rpm
kdegraphics-1.1.2-2.sparc.rpm
kdelibs- 1.1.2-9.sparc.rpm
kdemultimedia-1.1.2-3.sparc.rpm
kdenetwork-1.1.2-4.sparc.rpm
kdesupport-1.1.2-3.sparc.rpm
kdetoys- 1.1.2-2.sparc.rpm
kdeutils-1.1.2-2.sparc.rpm
korganizer-1.1.1-2.sparc.rpm
kpilot- 3.1b9-3.sparc.rpm

7. Problem description:
Red Hat Linux 6.0 shipped with KDE 1.1.1pre2, the latest release available at the time we went into production. There were a number of configuration and security bugs in the original packages.

kmail, the kde mail reader, had a bug related to decoding mime attachments in an unsafe manner. Attachments were written using an easily predictable filename to a temporary directory. This could could then be be exploited to overwrite arbitrary files owned by the person using kmail via a symlink attack.

8. Solution:
Upgrade to KDE 1.1.1 final, which fixes a number of bugs present in the previous release and contains additional patches to correct security holes in kmail and kvt.

For each RPM for your particular architecture, run:

rpm -Uvh FILENAME

where filename is the name of the RPM.

9. Verification:
These packages are also PGP signed by Red Hat Inc. for security. Our key is available at:

http://www.Red Hat.com/corp/contac t.html

You can verify each package with the following command:

rpm --checksig

If you only wish to verify that each package has not been corrupted or tampered with, examine only the md5sum with the following command:

rpm --checksig --nopgp

10. References:
http://www.geek-girl.com/bugtraq/1999_2/0685.html This URL describes the kmail security hole.