GNU fileutils race condition

gnu-fileutils-race-condition (8432) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk

Description:

GNU fileutils is vulnerable to a race condition, which could allow a local attacker to delete arbitrary files under the root directory.


Consequences:

Gain Privileges

Remedy:

Apply the patch for this vulnerability included in the GNU Mailing List posting dated Sat, 09 Mar 2002. See References.

For Caldera OpenLinux 3.1 and 3.1.1 (Server and Workstation):
Upgrade to the latest version of fileutils (4.1-5 or later), as listed in Caldera International, Inc. Security Advisory CSSA-2002-018.1. See References.

For Mandrake Linux 8.1:
Upgrade to the latest version of fileutils (4.1-4.1mdk or later), as listed in MandrakeSoft Security Advisory MDKSA-2002:031 : fileutils. See References.

For Mandrake Linux 8.2:
Upgrade to the latest version of fileutils (4.1.5-4.1mdk or later), as listed in MandrakeSoft Security Advisory MDKSA-2002:031 : fileutils. See References.

For Red Hat Linux:
Upgrade to the latest fileutils package, as listed below. Refer to RHSA-2003:015-05 for more information. See References.

Red Hat 6.2: fileutils-4.0-21.1 or later
Red Hat 7.0: fileutils-4.0x-3.1 or later
Red Hat 7.1: fileutils-4.0.36-4.1or later
Red Hat 7.2 and 7.3: fileutils-4.1-10.1 or later

For Immunix:
Upgrade to the latest version of fileutils (4.0x-3_imnx_1 or later), as listed in Immunix Secured OS Security Advisory IMNX-2003-7+-010-01. See References.

or Sun Linux 5.0:
Apply the appropriate patch for your system. Refer to Sun Alert ID: 56041 for more information. See References.

For other distributions:
Contact your vendor for upgrade or patch information.

References:

Platforms Affected:

  • GNU fileutils 4.0
  • GNU fileutils 4.1
  • GNU fileutils 4.1.6
  • Immunix Immunix OS 7+-beta
  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 8.1
  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 8.1 IA64
  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 8.2
  • MandrakeSoft Mandrake Linux 8.2 PPC
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 2.1 AS
  • RedHat Linux 6.2
  • RedHat Linux 7
  • RedHat Linux 7.1
  • RedHat Linux 7.1 for iSeries
  • RedHat Linux 7.1 for pSeries
  • RedHat Linux 7.2
  • RedHat Linux 7.3
  • RedHat Linux Advanced Workstation 2.1 Itanium
  • SCO Caldera OpenLinux Server 3.1
  • SCO Caldera OpenLinux Server 3.1.1
  • SCO Caldera OpenLinux Workstation 3.1
  • SCO Caldera OpenLinux Workstation 3.1.1
  • Sun Linux 5.0
  • SUSE SuSE Linux 6.4
  • SUSE SuSE Linux 7.0
  • SUSE SuSE Linux 7.1
  • SUSE SuSE Linux 7.2
  • SUSE SuSE Linux 7.3

Reported:

Mar 10, 2002

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