SUSE Security Announcement: at (SUSE-SA:2002:003)
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                        SUSE Security Announcement

        Package:                at
        Announcement-ID:        SUSE-SA:2002:003
        Date:                   Wednesday, Jan 16th 2001 16:00 MET
        Affected SUSE versions: 6.4, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3
        Vulnerability Type:     local privilege escalation
        Severity (1-10):        5
        SUSE default package:   yes
        Other affected systems: most Linux systems with the at package 
                                installed

    Content of this advisory:
        1) security vulnerability resolved: at
           problem description, discussion, solution and upgrade information
        2) pending vulnerabilities, solutions, workarounds
        3) standard appendix (further information)

______________________________________________________________________________

1)  problem description, brief discussion, solution, upgrade information

    The 'at' command reads commands from standard input for execution at a 
    later time specified on the command line. If such an execution time is 
    given in a carefully drafted (but wrong) format, the at command may 
    crash as a result of a surplus call to free(). The cause of the crash
    is a heap corruption that is exploitable under certain circumstances 
    since the /usr/bin/at command is installed setuid root.

    A temporary workaround against the bug is to disable the at command for
    non-root users by removing the setuid-bit from the /usr/bin/at command.

    As a permanent solution it is recommended to install the update packages
    as listed for download below. In addition to the fixed heap corruption, 
    file handling security has been improved by adding the O_EXCL (exclusive)
    option to an open(2) system call inside the at(1) code. We thank 
    zen-parse for reporting this vulnerability.

    Please download the update package for your distribution and verify its
    integrity by the methods listed in section 3) of this announcement.
    Then, install the package using the command "rpm -Fhv file.rpm" to apply
    the update.


    i386 Intel Platform:

    SUSE-7.3
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/7.3/ap1/at-3.1.8-459.i386.rpm
      db3d2bd38f81667dcece38d1c4a86725
    source rpm:
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/7.3/zq1/at-3.1.8-459.src.rpm
      82701057fc8ea3217800b0ab1e2e544b

    SUSE-7.2
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/7.2/ap1/at-3.1.8-458.i386.rpm
      91b759e6a8d433273c5567ed26735690
    source rpm:
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/7.2/zq1/at-3.1.8-458.src.rpm
      3df6d6d708d4ef90515f6f1fbbdea5bf

    SUSE-7.1
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/7.1/a1/at-3.1.8-458.i386.rpm
      73eb22d5c958c17e264fd31ec339b763
    source rpm:
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/7.1/zq1/at-3.1.8-458.src.rpm
      1303a1328f31313a62f5645f7cb476ef

    SUSE-7.0
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/7.0/a1/at-3.1.8-459.i386.rpm
      3179e64f87371d7864d1956ceb9bd020
    source rpm:
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/7.0/zq1/at-3.1.8-459.src.rpm
      67efafe83908ac53fc54acac9a0f056b

    SUSE-6.4
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/6.4/a1/at-3.1.8-458.i386.rpm
      aaffed7c302b9ec42885087296c6f0a1
    source rpm:
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/update/6.4/zq1/at-3.1.8-458.src.rpm
      374cf4374fbe1e66ab2e685aa0449034



    Sparc Platform:

    SUSE-7.3
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/sparc/update/7.3/ap1/at-3.1.8-356.sparc.rpm
      ec76d45245ef917e22f5f1a863a89988
    source rpm:
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/sparc/update/7.3/zq1/at-3.1.8-356.src.rpm
      40de9490a06bd294ad6a7f90e682c0cd

    SUSE-7.1
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/sparc/update/7.1/a1/at-3.1.8-356.sparc.rpm
      27f575762c0b1643008968a167324347
    source rpm:
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/sparc/update/7.1/zq1/at-3.1.8-356.src.rpm
      66546dc729e071039595a13d01feacfb

    SUSE-7.0
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/sparc/update/7.0/a1/at-3.1.8-357.sparc.rpm
      98007292769f55e4239b6922157bfa13
    source rpm:
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/sparc/update/7.0/zq1/at-3.1.8-357.src.rpm
      2d20cdbb10680282596677aac3106f30



    AXP Alpha Platform:

    SUSE-7.1
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/axp/update/7.1/a1/at-3.1.8-360.alpha.rpm
      df71ebf25a2252637ee1421d08779b8d
    source rpm:
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/axp/update/7.1/zq1/at-3.1.8-360.src.rpm
      b8b3a4f80e0d19e0211131ca58c1e0fe

    SUSE-7.0
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/axp/update/7.0/a1/at-3.1.8-361.alpha.rpm
      0bc21b9ddc12746a17592fa74473bbf6
    source rpm:
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/axp/update/7.0/zq1/at-3.1.8-361.src.rpm
      4d93aa10b426224936e3de357540ea49

    SUSE-6.4
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/axp/update/6.4/a1/at-3.1.8-361.alpha.rpm
      aeb76c2eb37f7e442c49c7ba3c5e44a5
    source rpm:
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/axp/update/6.4/zq1/at-3.1.8-361.src.rpm
      6d783c34eb0b855a96736e58d67bc053



    PPC Power PC Platform:

    SUSE-7.3
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/ppc/update/7.3/ap1/at-3.1.8-363.ppc.rpm
      111bd6e813ef33265035b21d19776b49
    source rpm:
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/ppc/update/7.3/zq1/at-3.1.8-363.src.rpm
      fa2ee9aca5b73009b1d9c90731265a19

    SUSE-7.1
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/ppc/update/7.1/a1/at-3.1.8-362.ppc.rpm
      868a1662f751823432d3d881edd371cd
    source rpm:
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/ppc/update/7.1/zq1/at-3.1.8-362.src.rpm
      d759233bfc2ce230e1c46d2ec0f15a73

    SUSE-7.0
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/ppc/update/7.0/a1/at-3.1.8-362.ppc.rpm
      7b12fe4b5f31434eb7cf3c0caae75811
    source rpm:
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/ppc/update/7.0/zq1/at-3.1.8-362.src.rpm
      4c6e2724bb76e08be66831ed85c60f85

    SUSE-6.4
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/ppc/update/6.4/a1/at-3.1.8-362.ppc.rpm
      7ebc9a1fde97f5ac8226b9e17621a40b
    source rpm:
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/ppc/update/6.4/zq1/at-3.1.8-362.src.rpm
      fa3c5e08703eb54b4f493de56ec837bb

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2)  Pending vulnerabilities in SUSE Linux Distributions and Workarounds:

  - clanlib
    dotslash@snosoft.com reported an environment variable copying buffer
    overflow in the clanlib package. If a program that is linked against
    the clanlib shared library is installed setuid or setgid, this error
    may lead to elevated privileges. In the case of SUSE Linux distributions,
    this is only the case for the methane package: It comes installed with a
    setgid bit to group "game", which is used to store highscores in group-
    writeable files. This setgid bit will be cleared in future releases of
    the SUSE Linux distribution. For already installed "methane" packages,
    we recommend to remove the setgid bit with the command
        chmod -s /usr/X11R6/bin/methane
    The methane package is not installed on SUSE systems by default, nor is
    the defective library "clanlib".


  - thttpd
    The thttpd daemon contained several off-by-one overflows. Due to internal
    organization of the variables affected by these overflows, they seem
    not exploitable. However, these bugs have been fixed. Please update to
    the newest thttpd packages.


  - pine
    The popular mail client "pine" was found vulnerable to an attack where
    shell metacharacters inside an URL could be used to execute arbitrary
    commands if pine passes the URL to an external viewer on the
    commandline. The pine packages on SUSE products are not vulnerable to
    this weakness because they contain a patch that works around this
    problem since it is not new.


  - xchat
    We are working on updates for the xchat packages in the SUSE Linux
    7.0 and 7.1 distributions that are vulnerable to an encoding bug
    while receiving and decoding ctcp datagrams. This bug can lead
    an xchat IRC client to execute IRC protocol specific commands to an
    IRC server such as channel mode changes.
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3)  standard appendix: authenticity verification, additional information

  - Package authenticity verification:

    SUSE update packages are available on many mirror ftp servers all over 
    the world. While this service is being considered valuable and important
    to the free and open source software community, many users wish to be 
    sure about the origin of the package and its content before installing
    the package. There are two verification methods that can be used 
    independently from each other to prove the authenticity of a downloaded
    file or rpm package:
    1) md5sums as provided in the (cryptographically signed) announcement.
    2) using the internal gpg signatures of the rpm package.

    1) execute the command 
        md5sum <name-of-the-file.rpm>
       after you downloaded the file from a SUSE ftp server or its mirrors.
       Then, compare the resulting md5sum with the one that is listed in the
       announcement. Since the announcement containing the checksums is 
       cryptographically signed (usually using the key security@suse.de), 
       the checksums show proof of the authenticity of the package.
       We disrecommend to subscribe to security lists which cause the 
       email message containing the announcement to be modified so that
       the signature does not match after transport through the mailing 
       list software.
       Downsides: You must be able to verify the authenticity of the
       announcement in the first place. If RPM packages are being rebuilt
       and a new version of a package is published on the ftp server, all 
       md5 sums for the files are useless.

    2) rpm package signatures provide an easy way to verify the authenticity
       of an rpm package. Use the command
        rpm -v --checksig <file.rpm>
       to verify the signature of the package, where <file.rpm> is the
       filename of the rpm package that you have downloaded. Of course, 
       package authenticity verification can only target an uninstalled rpm
       package file.
       Prerequisites:
        a) gpg is installed
        b) The package is signed using a certain key. The public part of this
           key must be installed by the gpg program in the directory 
           ~/.gnupg/ under the user's home directory who performs the
           signature verification (usually root). You can import the key
           that is used by SUSE in rpm packages for SUSE Linux by saving
           this announcement to a file ("announcement.txt") and
           running the command (do "su -" to be root):
            gpg --batch; gpg < announcement.txt | gpg --import
           SUSE Linux distributions version 7.1 and thereafter install the
           key "build@suse.de" upon installation or upgrade, provided that
           the package gpg is installed. The file containing the public key
           is placed at the toplevel directory of the first CD (pubring.gpg)
           and at ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/pubring.gpg-build.suse.de .


  - SUSE runs two security mailing lists to which any interested party may
    subscribe:

    suse-security@suse.com
        -   general/linux/SUSE security discussion. 
            All SUSE security announcements are sent to this list.
            To subscribe, send an email to 
                <suse-security-subscribe@suse.com>.

    suse-security-announce@suse.com
        -   SuSE's announce-only mailing list.
            Only SuSE's security annoucements are sent to this list.
            To subscribe, send an email to
                <suse-security-announce-subscribe@suse.com>.

    For general information or the frequently asked questions (faq) 
    send mail to:
        <suse-security-info@suse.com> or
        <suse-security-faq@suse.com> respectively.

    =====================================================================
    SuSE's security contact is <security@suse.com> or <security@suse.de>.
    The <security@suse.de> public key is listed below.
    =====================================================================
______________________________________________________________________________

    The information in this advisory may be distributed or reproduced,
    provided that the advisory is not modified in any way. In particular,
    it is desired that the cleartext signature shows proof of the 
    authenticity of the text.
    SUSE GmbH makes no warranties of any kind whatsoever with respect 
    to the information contained in this security advisory.

Type Bits/KeyID    Date       User ID
pub  2048R/3D25D3D9 1999-03-06 SUSE Security Team <security@suse.de>
pub  1024D/9C800ACA 2000-10-19 SUSE Package Signing Key <build@suse.de>

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