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[RHSA-2003:043-12] Updated WindowMaker packages fix vulnerability in theme-loadi

by Nikola Strahija on February 6th, 2003 Updated packages are available to fix a vulnerability in WindowMaker.

Synopsis: Updated WindowMaker packages fix vulnerability in theme-loading
Advisory ID: RHSA-2003:043-12
Issue date: 0000-01-01
Updated on: 2003-02-05
Product: Red Hat Linux
Keywords: WindowMaker wmaker theme flaw:buf
Cross references:
CVE Names: CAN-2002-1277

1. Topic:

Updated packages are available to fix a vulnerability in WindowMaker.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Linux 6.2 - i386
Red Hat Linux 7.0 - i386
Red Hat Linux 7.1 - i386
Red Hat Linux 7.2 - i386, ia64
Red Hat Linux 7.3 - i386
Red Hat Linux 8.0 - i386

3. Problem description:

Window Maker is an X11 window manager which emulates the look and feel
of the NeXTSTEP graphical user interface.

Al Viro found a buffer overflow in Window Maker 0.80.0 and earlier which
may allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a certain image
file that is not properly handled when Window Maker uses width and height
information to allocate a buffer. This could be exploited for example by a
user opening a malicious theme.

Users of Window Maker are advised to upgrade to these erratum packages
which contain a patch to correct this vulnerability.

4. Solution:

Before applying this update, make sure all previously released errata
relevant to your system have been applied.

To update all RPMs for your particular architecture, run:

rpm -Fvh [filenames]

where [filenames] is a list of the RPMs you wish to upgrade. Only those
RPMs which are currently installed will be updated. Those RPMs which are
not installed but included in the list will not be updated. Note that you
can also use wildcards (*.rpm) if your current directory *only* contains the
desired RPMs.

Please note that this update is also available via Red Hat Network. Many
people find this an easier way to apply updates. To use Red Hat Network,
launch the Red Hat Update Agent with the following command:


This will start an interactive process that will result in the appropriate
RPMs being upgraded on your system.

5. RPMs required:

Red Hat Linux 6.2:



Red Hat Linux 7.0:



Red Hat Linux 7.1:



Red Hat Linux 7.2:




Red Hat Linux 7.3:



Red Hat Linux 8.0:



6. Verification:

MD5 sum Package Name
197c37d5e9a0f237b8178eab6d8868a3 6.2/en/os/SRPMS/WindowMaker-0.61.1-2.3.src.rpm
f1b7806d4a4c2f86ca1467ea17f4cb8f 6.2/en/os/i386/WindowMaker-0.61.1-2.3.i386.rpm
1e04b5d68a06ee69418ca8517ea06e34 7.0/en/os/SRPMS/WindowMaker-0.64.0-2.3.src.rpm
d3f115132e9b91e9562992190db0a0a9 7.0/en/os/i386/WindowMaker-0.64.0-2.3.i386.rpm
cb221c81b2d7ecce350ff5695a51b651 7.0/en/os/i386/WindowMaker-libs-0.64.0-2.3.i386.rpm
1e04b5d68a06ee69418ca8517ea06e34 7.1/en/os/SRPMS/WindowMaker-0.64.0-2.3.src.rpm
d3f115132e9b91e9562992190db0a0a9 7.1/en/os/i386/WindowMaker-0.64.0-2.3.i386.rpm
cb221c81b2d7ecce350ff5695a51b651 7.1/en/os/i386/WindowMaker-libs-0.64.0-2.3.i386.rpm
c81326cf2bf1ed00968f60842225ffc4 7.2/en/os/SRPMS/WindowMaker-0.65.1-4.2.src.rpm
1cf969b59251094843f235a759e09b8f 7.2/en/os/i386/WindowMaker-0.65.1-4.2.i386.rpm
646a3270b0539eee6c0467e9365a2667 7.2/en/os/i386/WindowMaker-libs-0.65.1-4.2.i386.rpm
478b8828775158e5be177425b9fdb954 7.2/en/os/ia64/WindowMaker-0.65.1-4.2.ia64.rpm
bc4b5e3167c4b158773efcc06bc54ae1 7.2/en/os/ia64/WindowMaker-libs-0.65.1-4.2.ia64.rpm
99623f737f30959123435c08f6f1ad7f 7.3/en/os/SRPMS/WindowMaker-0.80.0-9.3.src.rpm
ddd6c0db5dc150a189bfedbba890b298 7.3/en/os/i386/WindowMaker-0.80.0-9.3.i386.rpm
6637e517a29fb60d452db706fadb769d 7.3/en/os/i386/WindowMaker-libs-0.80.0-9.3.i386.rpm
c63c6cbdb21bf14f8bb642459d010c91 8.0/en/os/SRPMS/WindowMaker-0.80.1-5.src.rpm
b141fe5b3e1ab0d2d41f4e77e1ce8fe0 8.0/en/os/i386/WindowMaker-0.80.1-5.i386.rpm
a440f228734840d5ce3f25e9f3ef465c 8.0/en/os/i386/WindowMaker-libs-0.80.1-5.i386.rpm

These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat, Inc. for security. Our key
is available at

You can verify each package with the following command:

rpm --checksig -v

If you only wish to verify that each package has not been corrupted or
tampered with, examine only the md5sum with the following command:


7. References:

8. Contact:

The Red Hat security contact is . More contact
details at

Copyright 2003 Red Hat, Inc.

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