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Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory

by Phiber on February 22nd, 2001 A buffer overflow exists in the 'crontab' command if it was called by a user with a username longer than 20 characters. If the system administrator has created usernames of that length, it would be possible for those users to gain elevated privileges.


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
Linux-Mandrake 7.2, look for it in "updates/7.2/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 Linux-Mandrake at:


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


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