Mandrake: 'pam' vulnerability
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Mandrake The pam_localuser module, which is a part of the pam package, contains a buffer overflow vulnerability.


                Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory

Package name:           pam
Date:                   December 16th, 2000
Advisory ID:            MDKSA-2000:082

Affected versions:      6.0, 6.1, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2

Problem Description:

 The pam_localuser module, which is a part of the pam package, contains
 a buffer overflow vulnerability.  This module is not used in any 
 default configuration and for a user to be exploited, they would have
 to manually insert it into a configuration file in the /etc/pam.d

Please verify the update prior to upgrading to ensure the integrity of
the downloaded package.  You can do this with the command:
  rpm --checksig package.rpm
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Linux-Mandrake 6.0:
89047507ccddc48d22d303ef1ced2e19  6.0/RPMS/pam-0.72-7.1mdk.i586.rpm
1a723b38bc265c6f37ed960e35aeee86  6.0/RPMS/pam-devel-0.72-7.1mdk.i586.rpm
1f61020c5e6174f3d2654684dde1cc41  6.0/RPMS/pam-doc-0.72-7.1mdk.i586.rpm
1cb1ac234d64a8d38e0a5bd03cc5c389  6.0/SRPMS/pam-0.72-7.1mdk.src.rpm

Linux-Mandrake 6.1:
00d178754c2b16ae8d678ead4b319c84  6.1/RPMS/pam-0.72-7.1mdk.i586.rpm
c8b1b1bbd998e4e3bcacfe0dbad875f0  6.1/RPMS/pam-devel-0.72-7.1mdk.i586.rpm
de4d33d45bbbb805f55a3ecca3bc9bb3  6.1/RPMS/pam-doc-0.72-7.1mdk.i586.rpm
1cb1ac234d64a8d38e0a5bd03cc5c389  6.1/SRPMS/pam-0.72-7.1mdk.src.rpm

Linux-Mandrake 7.0:
46f6378e00acfec0a0efaeedcbd68a94  7.0/RPMS/pam-0.72-7.1mdk.i586.rpm
39ff2a895a40ed3fd6e3cac708450539  7.0/RPMS/pam-devel-0.72-7.1mdk.i586.rpm
ac93e1513bf052edb12e81013cdd373f  7.0/RPMS/pam-doc-0.72-7.1mdk.i586.rpm
1cb1ac234d64a8d38e0a5bd03cc5c389  7.0/SRPMS/pam-0.72-7.1mdk.src.rpm

Linux-Mandrake 7.1:
43472115ca09b70565001e9ece665016  7.1/RPMS/pam-0.72-7.1mdk.i586.rpm
2314b97db1c46d81150fc5100f160893  7.1/RPMS/pam-devel-0.72-7.1mdk.i586.rpm
3a5e9ba927e38ad2635f8c7ada818618  7.1/RPMS/pam-doc-0.72-7.1mdk.i586.rpm
1cb1ac234d64a8d38e0a5bd03cc5c389  7.1/SRPMS/pam-0.72-7.1mdk.src.rpm

Linux-Mandrake 7.2:
f2dac7c4b7049e119b0172a229fb565f  7.2/RPMS/pam-0.72-12.1mdk.i586.rpm
633f0e2f17f808ee13cfefc7e1d76743  7.2/RPMS/pam-devel-0.72-12.1mdk.i586.rpm
817a109423f3b9ef84b3e4419bf29b27  7.2/RPMS/pam-doc-0.72-12.1mdk.i586.rpm
e5b5708c721a69458e9df9361ea9fd46  7.2/SRPMS/pam-0.72-12.1mdk.src.rpm

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Linux-Mandrake 7.2, look for it in "updates/7.2/RPMS/".  Updated source
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