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Red Hat: Updated man package fixing GID security problems

Updated man packages are available for Red Hat Linux fixing a local GID man exploit and a potential GID man to root exploit, as well as a problem with the man paths of Red Hat Linux 5.x and 6.x. The packages are available from
                   Red Hat, Inc. Red Hat Security Advisory

Synopsis:          Updated man package fixing GID security problems.
Advisory ID:       RHSA-2001:072-14
Issue date:        2001-05-28
Updated on:        2001-09-06
Product:           Red Hat Linux
Keywords:          man setgid heap overflow path makewhatis root GID
Cross references:  
Obsoletes:         RHSA-2001:069

1. Topic:

Updated man packages fixing a local GID man exploit and a 
potential GID man to root exploit, as well as a problem with the 
man paths of Red Hat Linux 5.x and 6.x.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Linux 5.2 - alpha, i386, sparc

Red Hat Linux 6.2 - alpha, i386, sparc

Red Hat Linux 7.0 - alpha, i386

Red Hat Linux 7.1 - alpha, i386, ia64

3. Problem description:

Users could gain access to the GID man by overrunning a buffer in the 
ultimate_source() function.

Users with GID man could get root access by creating man pages with 
filenames containing escape characters.

Furthermore, the previous errata package hardcoded Red Hat Linux 7.x man 
paths even on Red Hat Linux 5.x and 6.x.

4. Solution:

Before applying this update, make sure all previously released errata
relevant to your system have been applied.

To update all RPMs for your particular architecture, run:

rpm -Fvh [filenames]

where [filenames] is a list of the RPMs you wish to upgrade.  Only those
RPMs which are currently installed will be updated.  Those RPMs which are
not installed but included in the list will not be updated.  Note that you
can also use wildcards (*.rpm) if your current directory *only* contains
desired RPMs.

Please note that this update is also available via Red Hat Network.  Many
people find this an easier way to apply updates.  To use Red Hat Network,
launch the Red Hat Update Agent with the following command:


This will start an interactive process that will result in the appropriate
RPMs being upgraded on your system.

5. Bug IDs fixed ( for more info):

42450 - man-1.5i-4: local->gid man-> root in update
42031 - /etc/man.config's new MANPATH's incompatible with rh62
42192 - New 'man' package disagrees with 'tmpwatch'
43318 - apropos and whatis broken by update to man-1.5i-4
43213 - Man didn't drop privs when adding user PATH as MANPATH
46405 - man-1.5i2-i has incorrect backslash escape in makewhatis awk script
45646 - Cron generated errors
45827 - Troubles with data updates for 'apropos'
43134 - man RPM needs to depend on specific mktemp version
42915 - makewhatis only works for first element in manpath
42031 - /etc/man.config's new MANPATH's incompatible with rh62
48762 - man does not create cat files even if told to do
47784 - man problem after an update

6. RPMs required:

Red Hat Linux 5.2:





Red Hat Linux 6.2:





Red Hat Linux 7.0:




Red Hat Linux 7.1:





7. Verification:

MD5 sum                           Package Name
7e707edd6c8662713b3e1de4e4991c91 5.2/en/os/SRPMS/man-1.5i2-0.5x.5.src.rpm
b4ca74b38769909b6edf96ae15e4f93a 5.2/en/os/alpha/man-1.5i2-0.5x.5.alpha.rpm
7145d59cc271555cff82399758cc38c9 5.2/en/os/i386/man-1.5i2-0.5x.5.i386.rpm
0d49141004f0686a362ccb4e341cdc77 5.2/en/os/sparc/man-1.5i2-0.5x.5.sparc.rpm
6a5757ee96a7a647f0f78ca0a5c52d53 6.2/en/os/SRPMS/man-1.5i2-0.6x.5.src.rpm
af4d18fd95636a764d785089d336aca1 6.2/en/os/alpha/man-1.5i2-0.6x.5.alpha.rpm
2eb2926fbe663135b5a766c510c4c593 6.2/en/os/i386/man-1.5i2-0.6x.5.i386.rpm
578a17ecc5ac2d3d3c8ec1d623ea22bd 6.2/en/os/sparc/man-1.5i2-0.6x.5.sparc.rpm
8f1975f0a01765c2e8ffb4dfca2fc3bf 7.0/en/os/SRPMS/man-1.5i2-0.7x.5.src.rpm
4deee7f6f4203f4755d71d723caebfd0 7.0/en/os/alpha/man-1.5i2-0.7x.5.alpha.rpm
99245cb9189b9e7c91b2241b308ee488 7.0/en/os/i386/man-1.5i2-0.7x.5.i386.rpm
8f1975f0a01765c2e8ffb4dfca2fc3bf 7.1/en/os/SRPMS/man-1.5i2-0.7x.5.src.rpm
4deee7f6f4203f4755d71d723caebfd0 7.1/en/os/alpha/man-1.5i2-0.7x.5.alpha.rpm
99245cb9189b9e7c91b2241b308ee488 7.1/en/os/i386/man-1.5i2-0.7x.5.i386.rpm
2d45b52218b65a5801ea8eec3e060788 7.1/en/os/ia64/man-1.5i2-0.7x.5.ia64.rpm

These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat, Inc. for security.  Our key
is available at:

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 --nogpg 

8. References:

Copyright(c) 2000, 2001 Red Hat, Inc.

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