May 7, 2001

Debian Linux: cron local root exploit

Author: JT Smith

From Net-security.org: A recent (fall 2000) security fix to cron introduced an error in giving
up privileges before invoking the editor. A malicious user could
easily gain root access.

This has been fixed in version 3.0pl1-57.3 (or 3.0pl1-67 for unstable).
No exploits are known to exist, but we recommend that you upgrade your
cron packages immediately.

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