January 21, 2005

Linux Advisory Watch - January 21, 2005

Author: Benjamin D. Thomas

This week, advisories were released for twiki, xine, libtiff, mc, gatos, playmidi,
chbg, cups, imagemagick, mysql, xpdf, xtrlock, mysql, sword, squid, gimp, dovecot,
dhcp, bind, vixie-cron, sysklogd, alsa-lib, grep, kernel-utils, ethereal, mpg123,
playmidi, and krb5. The distributors include Conectiva, Debian, Fedora, Gentoo,
Mandrake, Red Hat, SuSE, and TurboLinux.Assurance via Documentation

In all business environments management must give a certain
level of trust to staff in order for work to get done. In
security, trust is extremely important. Security managers must
trust staff to properly setup and configure systems, give
appropriate access, and fix vulnerabilities as they arise.
Trusting staff to get the job done is a fundamental part of
doing business. As a manager, how can one be sure that the
security staff is properly addressing security issues? How
can one be sure that vulnerabilities are fixed and logs are
monitored? Peter F. Drucker, a well known writer on business
management topics once wrote, "if you cannot measure it, you
cannot manage it."

This is directly relevant to security. How can a manager be
sure that the backups are getting done? Are the IDS and
firewall logs properly monitored? A manager can easily have
trust in employees, but assurance also must be provided.
Management should require staff to log backups, log reviews,
server patching, etc. Rather than trusting staff to get the
job done, it is necessary to have assurance. All general
security maintenance tasks can be, and should be audit-able.

How will extra paper work help security? Will staff get fed
up with all of the extra documentation? The purpose of extra
documentation is not to burden staff, it is to increasingly
justify security spending. If a security department is
properly doing its job, incidents will have little affect.
However, if the department isn't doing its job, something
catastrophic could happen. It is hard for people not in
security to see the value in spending more money when
there are no security incidents. Having audit-able
documented evidence of thwarted security attempts, log
reviews, etc. can have a huge impact on the image of the
security department. Rather than relying on trust, giving
assurance and quantifying security will help get the budget
necessary to have the appropriate level of protection.

Until next time, cheers!
Benjamin D. Thomas

 

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   Contectiva
  Conectiva: twiki Fix for twiki remote
vulnerability
  14th, January, 2005

A vulnerability in twiki was found where a remote attacker could
exploit it to run arbitrary shell commands on the server. For further
information on this vulnerability, please, refer to the authors' announcement[2].

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117926

 
  Conectiva: xine-lib Fixes for xine-lib
vulnerabilities
  19th, January, 2005

Ariel Berkman discovered a buffer overflow vulnerability[2]
in demux_aiff.c, where it reads specific input data into an array without
checking the input size.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117967

 
  Conectiva: libtiff3 Fixes for libtiff
vulnerabilities
  20th, January, 2005

This announcement fixes several integer overflow vulnerabilities[3,4]
that were encountered in libtiff by iDefense which could lead to remote
arbitrary code execution.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117982

 
   Debian
  Debian: New mc packages fix several vulnerabilities
  14th, January, 2005

ndrew V. Samoilov has noticed that several bugfixes which were
applied to the source by upstream developers of mc, the midnight commander,
a file browser and manager, were not backported to the current version
of mc that Debian ships in their stable release.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117925

 
  Debian: New gatos packages fix arbitrary
code execution
  17th, January, 2005

Erik Sjlund discovered a buffer overflow in xatitv, one of
the programs in the gatos package, that is used to display video with
certain ATI video cards. xatitv is installed setuid root in order to gain
direct access to the video hardware.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117938

 
  New playmidi packages fix local root
exploit
  17th, January, 2005

Erik Sjlund discovered that playmidi, a MIDI player, contains
a setuid root program with a buffer overflow that can be exploited by
a local attacker.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117939

 
  Debian: New gallery packages fix several
vulnerabilities
  17th, January, 2005

Several vulnerabilities have been discovered in gallery, a web-based
photo album written in PHP4.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117942

 
  Debian: New queue packages fix buffer
overflows
  18th, January, 2005

"jaguar" of the Debian Security Audit Project has discovered
several buffer overflows in queue, a transparent load balancing system.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117951

 
  Debian: New chbg packages fix arbitrary
code execution
  18th, January, 2005

Danny Lungstrom discoverd a vulnerability in chbg, a tool to
change background pictures. A maliciously crafted configuration/scenario
file could overflow a buffer and lead to the execution of arbitrary code
on the victim's machine.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117952

 
  Debian: New CUPS packages fix arbitrary
code execution
  19th, January, 2005

iDEFENSE has reported a buffer overflow in xpdf, the portable
document format (PDF) suite. Similar code is present in the PDF processing
part of CUPS. A maliciously crafted PDF file could exploit this problem,
resulting in the execution of arbitrary code.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117963

 
  Debian: New ImageMagick packages fix
arbitrary code execution
  19th, January, 2005

Andrei Nigmatulin discovered a buffer overflow in the PSD image-decoding
module of ImageMagick, a commonly used image manipulation library. Remote
exploition with a carefully crafted image could lead to the execution
of arbitrary code.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117964

 
  Debian: New mysql packages fix insecure
temporary files
  19th, January, 2005

Javier Fernandez-Sanguino Pena from the Debian Security Audit
Project discoverd a temporary file vulnerability in the mysqlaccess script
of MySQL that could allow an unprivileged user to let root overwrite arbitrary
files via a symlink attack and could also could unveil the contents of
a temporary file which might contain sensitive information.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117965

 
  Debian: New xpdf packages fix arbitrary
code execution
  19th, January, 2005

iDEFENSE has reported a buffer overflow in xpdf, the portable
document format (PDF) suite. A maliciously crafted PDF file could exploit
this problem, resulting in the execution of arbitrary code.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117966

 
  Debian: New xtrlock packages fix authentication
bypass
  20th, January, 2005

A buffer overflow has been discovered in xtrlock, a minimal
X display lock program which can be exploited by a malicious local attacker
to crash the lock program and take over the desktop session.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117981

 
  Debian: New sword packages fix arbitrary
command execution
  20th, January, 2005

Ulf Hþrnhammar discovered that due to missing input sanitising
in diatheke, a CGI script for making and browsing a bible website, it
is possible to execute arbitrary commands via a specially crafted URL.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117990

 
  Debian: New squid packages fix denial
of service
  20th, January, 2005

Several vulnerabilities have been discovered in Squid, the internet
object cache, the popular WWW proxy cache.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117991

 
   Fedora
  Fedora Core 3 Update: kernel-2.6.10-1.741_FC3
  14th, January, 2005

Fix slab corruption in ACPI video code.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117924

 
  Fedora Core 2 Update: system-config-kickstart-2.5.19-1.fc2
  14th, January, 2005

This update fixes bug #143946, where system-config-kickstart
cannot load kickstart configuration files. It also incorporates all the
other fixes and improvements that have taken place since the FC2 version
of this utility.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117934

 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: gimp-2.2.2-0.fc3.2
  16th, January, 2005

This is a major version upgrade from 2.0.x to 2.2.x but it is
designed to be binary compatible in order that old plug-ins and scripts
continue to work.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117937

 
  Fedora: NetworkManager-0.3.3-1.cvs20050112.1.fc3
update
  17th, January, 2005

Please see RPM Changelog for fixes and new features since the
last version.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117948

 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: gimp-help-2-0.1.0.6.0.fc3.1
  18th, January, 2005

The GIMP User Manual is a newly written User Manual for the
GIMP.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117953

 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: gimp-2.2.2-0.fc3.3
  18th, January, 2005

clip thumbnail quality at 75 and don't barf on saving images
at quality 0

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117954

 
  Fedora Core 2 Update: dovecot-0.99.13-4.FC2
  18th, January, 2005

This is a bug fix update for the Dovecot IMAP server. This brings
the Red Hat Dovecot rpm up to date with the latest upstream release from
Timo Sirainen, version 0.99.13 released on Jan 6th 2005.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117955

 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: dovecot-0.99.13-3.FC3
  18th, January, 2005

This is a bug fix update for the Dovecot IMAP server. This brings
the Red Hat Dovecot rpm up to date with the latest upstream release from
Timo Sirainen, version 0.99.13 released on Jan 6th 2005.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117956

 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: dhcpv6-0.10-11_FC3
  19th, January, 2005

Updated dhcpv6 package, adding Relay Agent support, Support
for prefix delegation to radvd on interface other than lease reception
interface and Fix cores on resolv.conf and radvd.conf update

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117969

 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: dhcp-3.0.1-30_FC3
  19th, January, 2005

Updated DHCP and DHCLIENT packages.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117970

 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: bind-9.2.4-8_FC3
  19th, January, 2005

Updated BIND packages.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117971

 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: vixie-cron-4.1-20_FC3
  19th, January, 2005

Updated vixie-cron package.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117972

 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: sysklogd-1.4.1-26_FC3
  19th, January, 2005

Updated sysklogd packages.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117973

 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: gpdf-2.8.2-2.2
  19th, January, 2005

Add patch for CAN-2005-0064

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117976

 
  Fedora Core 2 Update: gpdf-2.8.2-2.1
  19th, January, 2005

Add patch for CAN-2005-0064

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117977

 
  Fedora Core 2 Update: cups-1.1.20-11.10
  20th, January, 2005

This package fixes a buffer overflow which may possibly allow
attackers to execute arbitrary code as the "lp" user. The Common Vulnerabilities
and Exposures projects (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CAN-2005-0064
to this issue.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117983

 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: cups-1.1.22-0.rc1.8.4
  20th, January, 2005

This package fixes a buffer overflow which may possibly allow
attackers to execute arbitrary code as the "lp" user. The Common Vulnerabilities
and Exposures projects (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CAN-2005-0064
to this issue.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117984

 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: alsa-lib-1.0.6-7.FC3
  20th, January, 2005

A flaw in the alsa mixer code was discovered, which disabled
stack execution protection for the libasound.so library distributed with
Fedora Core 3. The effect of this flaw resulted in stack execution protection,
through NX or Exec-Shield, which was disabled for any application linked
to libasound.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117985

 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: grep-2.5.1-31.4
  20th, January, 2005

This update fixes a small regression in handling multibyte input
for "grep -Fi", and further improves performance when processing UTF-8
input.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117992

 
  Fedora Core 2 Update: xpdf-3.00-3.7
  20th, January, 2005

Applied patch to fix CAN-2005-0064 (bug #145050)

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117993

 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: xpdf-3.00-10.2
  20th, January, 2005

Applied patch to fix CAN-2005-0064 (bug #145050)

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117994

 
  Fedora Core 2 Update: kernel-utils-2.4-9.1.131_FC2
  20th, January, 2005

Update microcode_ctl to 1.11 (#131885)

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117997

 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: kernel-utils-2.4-13.1.49_FC3
  20th, January, 2005

Update microcode_ctl to 1.11

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117998

 
  Fedora Core 3 Update: hal-0.4.6-1.FC3
  20th, January, 2005

New upstream release

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118004

 
  Gentoo: Squid Multiple vulnerabilities
  16th, January, 2005

Squid contains vulnerabilities in the the code handling NTLM
(NT Lan Manager), Gopher to HTML and WCCP (Web Cache Communication Protocol)
which could lead to denial of service and arbitrary code execution.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117936

 
   Gentoo
  Gentoo: ImageMagick PSD decoding heap
overflow
  20th, January, 2005

ImageMagick is vulnerable to a heap overflow when decoding Photoshop
Document (PSD) files, which could lead to arbitrary code execution.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118003

 
  Gentoo: Ethereal Multiple vulnerabilities
  20th, January, 2005

Multiple vulnerabilities exist in Ethereal, which may allow
an attacker to run arbitrary code, crash the program or perform DoS by
CPU and disk utilization.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/118005

 
   Mandrake
  Mandrake: CUPS multiple vulnerabilities
fix
  17th, January, 2005

A buffer overflow was discovered in the ParseCommand function
in the hpgltops utility. An attacker with the ability to send malicious
HPGL files to a printer could possibly execute arbitrary code as the "lp"
user (CAN-2004-1267).

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117947

 
  Mandrake: Updated mpg123 packages fix
  19th, January, 2005

A vulnerability in mpg123's ability to parse frame headers in
input streams could allow a malicious file to exploit a buffer overflow
and execute arbitray code with the permissions of the user running mpg123.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117978

 
  Mandrake: Updated playmidi packages
  19th, January, 2005

Erik Sjolund discovered a buffer overflow in playmidi that could
be exploited by a local attacker if installed setuid root. Note that by
default Mandrakelinux does not ship playmidi installed setuid root.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117979

 
  Mandrake: Updated xine packages fix
  19th, January, 2005

iDefense discovered that the PNA_TAG handling code in pnm_get_chunk()
does not check if the input size is larger than the buffer size (CAN-2004-1187).
As well, they discovered that in this same function, a negative value
could be given to an unsigned variable that specifies the read length
of input data (CAN-2004-1188). Ariel Berkman discovered that xine-lib
reads specific input data into an array without checking the input size
making it vulnerable to a buffer overflow problem (CAN-2004-1300).

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117980

 
   Red
Hat
  RedHat: Updated kernel packages fix security
  18th, January, 2005

Updated kernel packages that fix several security issues in
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 are now available.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117962

 
  RedHat: Updated krb5 packages fix security
  19th, January, 2005

Updated Kerberos (krb5) packages that correct buffer overflow
and temporary file bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117974

 
  RedHat: Updated php packages fix security
issues
  19th, January, 2005

Updated php packages that fix various security issues are now
available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117975

 
   SuSE
  SuSE: php4, mod_php4 remote code execution
  17th, January, 2005

Stefan Esser and Marcus Boerger found several buffer overflow
problems in the unserializer functions of PHP (CAN-2004-1019) and Ilia
Alshanetsky (CAN-2004-1065) found one in the exif parser. Any of them
could allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code as the user running
the PHP interpreter.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117944

 
   TurboLinux
  TurboLinux: xpdf Buffer overflow
  20th, January, 2005

These vulnerabilities may allow remote attackers to execute
arbitrary code via malformed PDF files.

http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/117986

 
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