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Debian DSA 292-2: mime-support insecure temp file creation

by Nikola Strahija on April 24th, 2003 Several problems have been found in mime-support that, if exploited, could allow a local attacker to overwrite the temporary file owned by root.

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Debian Security Advisory DSA 292-2 [email protected] Martin Schulze
April 23rd, 2003
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Package : mime-support
Vulnerability : insecure temporary file creation
Problem-Type : local
Debian-specific: no

Unfortunately yesterday's update for mime-support did not exactly work as expected, which requires an update. For completeness we include the advisory text:

Colin Phipps discovered several problems in mime-support, that contains
support programs for the MIME control files 'mime.types' and 'mailcap'.
When a temporary file is to be used it is created insecurely, allowing
an attacker to overwrite arbitrary under the user id of the person
executing run-mailcap, most probably root. Additionally the program did
not properly escape shell escape characters when executing a command.
This is unlikely to be exploitable, though.

For the stable distribution (woody) these problems have been fixed in
version 3.18-1.2.

For the old stable distribution (potato) these problems have been
fixed in version 3.9-1.2.

For the unstable distribution (sid) these problems have been
fixed in version 3.22-1 (same as DSA 292-1).

We recommend that you upgrade your mime-support packages.

Upgrade Instructions
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wget url
will fetch the file for you
dpkg -i file.deb
will install the referenced file.

If you are using the apt-get package manager, use the line for
sources.list as given below:

apt-get update
will update the internal database
apt-get upgrade
will install corrected packages

You may use an automated update by adding the resources from the
footer to the proper configuration.

Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 alias potato
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Source archives:
Size/MD5 checksum: 473 aee5059f79f23a3a87bae000d4be1d3e
Size/MD5 checksum: 91752 65c98a8e86529662af082682eca108ae

Architecture independent components:
Size/MD5 checksum: 99198 97ca84b5ade9137cbba38fc05a14bdff

Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 alias woody
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Source archives:
Size/MD5 checksum: 475 7a83acdfcdcb2a128ebc2de347ad51c8
Size/MD5 checksum: 72215 df544f4173db71ddbead9c61a8e9b3b5

Architecture independent components:

These files will probably be moved into the stable distribution on
its next revision.

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For apt-get: deb stable/updates main
For dpkg-ftp: dists/stable/updates/main
Mailing list: [email protected]
Package info: `apt-cache show ' and

Version: GnuPG v1.2.1 (GNU/Linux)


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