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Trustix TSL-2003-0006: file

by Nikola Strahija on March 19th, 2003 The file command contains an overflow which can lead to execution of code if run on a especially crafted file. The code will of course be executed as the user running the program, and as such requires very special conditions to be a problem.


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Trustix Secure Linux Bugfix Advisory #2003-0006

Package name: file
Summary: Minor bugfix
Date: 2003-03-18
Affected versions: TSL 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.5

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Package description:
The file command is used to identify a particular file according to the
type of data contained by the file. File can identify many different
file types, including ELF binaries, system libraries, RPM packages, and
different graphics formats.


Problem description:
The file(1) command contains an overflow which can lead to execution
of code if run on a especially crafted file. The code will of course
be executed as the user running the program, and as such requires
very special conditions to be a problem.


Action:
We recommend that all systems with this package installed be upgraded.


Location:
All TSL updates are available from
http://www.trustix.net/pub/Trustix/updates/
ftp://ftp.trustix.net/pub/Trustix/updates/


About Trustix Secure Linux:
Trustix Secure Linux is a small Linux distribution for servers. With focus
on security and stability, the system is painlessly kept safe and up to
date from day one using swup, the automated software updater.


Automatic updates:
Users of the SWUP tool can enjoy having updates automatically
installed using 'swup --upgrade'.

Get SWUP from:
ftp://ftp.trustix.net/pub/Trustix/software/swup/


Public testing:
These packages have been available for public testing for some time.
If you want to contribute by testing the various packages in the
testing tree, please feel free to share your findings on the
tsl-discuss mailinglist.
The testing tree is located at
http://www.trustix.net/pub/Trustix/testing/
ftp://ftp.trustix.net/pub/Trustix/testing/


Questions?
Check out our mailing lists:
http://www.trustix.net/support/


Verification:
This advisory along with all TSL packages are signed with the TSL sign key.
This key is available from:
http://www.trustix.net/TSL-GPG-KEY

The advisory itself is available from the errata pages at
http://www.trustix.net/errata/trustix-1.2/ and
http://www.trustix.net/errata/trustix-1.5/
or directly at
http://www.trustix.net/errata/misc/2003/TSL-2003-0006-file.asc.txt


MD5sums of the packages:
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66a2204fa7b9193f46d98fb05527c441 ./1.1/RPMS/file-3.41-1tr.i586.rpm
2f1c942e349cf336f396257715be687c ./1.1/SRPMS/file-3.41-1tr.src.rpm
8f42f14c98c4aace8ec98ec39ff35881 ./1.2/RPMS/file-3.41-1tr.i586.rpm
2f1c942e349cf336f396257715be687c ./1.2/SRPMS/file-3.41-1tr.src.rpm
52d440a9bdb0f8b401535397d5ab8699 ./1.5/RPMS/file-3.41-1tr.i586.rpm
2f1c942e349cf336f396257715be687c ./1.5/SRPMS/file-3.41-1tr.src.rpm
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Trustix Security Team

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