Mandrake: 'expect' Root compromise vulnerability
Posted by LinuxSecurity.com Team   
Mandrake A packaging problem that can lead to a root compromise existed in the expect package as provided in Mandrake Linux 8.1.

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                Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory
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Package name:           expect
Date:                   November 21st, 2001
Advisory ID:            MDKSA-2001:087

Affected versions:      8.1
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Problem Description:

 A packaging problem that can lead to a root compromise existed in the
 expect package as provided in Mandrake Linux 8.1.  expect would look
 for libraries in the directory /home/snailtalk/tmp/tcltk-root/usr/lib
 before any other and if such a user existed on the system, with rogue
 libraries, if root were to execute expect, a compromise could occur.
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References:

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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
You can get the GPG public key of the Mandrake Linux Security Team at
   http://www.linux-mandrake.com/en/security/RPM-GPG-KEYS
If you use MandrakeUpdate, the verification of md5 checksum and GPG
signature is performed automatically for you.

Mandrake Linux 8.1:
ae0c68032ee45c214fb7335ebb4dcd0d  8.1/RPMS/expect-8.3.3-9.1mdk.i586.rpm
9a9f9a5ca12504bbc45bff29a1029540  8.1/SRPMS/tcltk-8.3.3-9.1mdk.src.rpm
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Bug IDs fixed (see https://qa.mandrakesoft.com for more information):

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To upgrade automatically, use MandrakeUpdate.

If you want to upgrade manually, download the updated package from one
of our FTP server mirrors and upgrade with "rpm -Fvh *.rpm".

You can download the updates directly from one of the mirror sites
listed at:

   http://www.linux-mandrake.com/en/ftp.php3.

Updated packages are available in the "updates/[ver]/RPMS/" directory.
For example, if you are looking for an updated RPM package for
Mandrake Linux 8.0, look for it in "updates/8.0/RPMS/".  Updated source
RPMs are available as well, but you generally do not need to download
them.

Please be aware that sometimes it takes the mirrors a few hours to
update.

You can view other security advisories for Mandrake Linux at:

   http://www.linux-mandrake.com/en/security/

If you want to report vulnerabilities, please contact

  security@linux-mandrake.com
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Type Bits/KeyID     Date       User ID
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