Package name
Advisory ID
Affected versions
6.1 i586 , 6.0 i586 , 7.0 i586 , 7.1 i586

Problem description

Internet Security Systems (ISS) X-Force has identified a vulnerability in the makewhatis Bourne shell script that ships with many Linux distributions. It is found in versions 1.5e and higher of man, and handles temporary files insecurely. Local users may gain a variety of privileges depending on the complexity of the exploit. The mode of any file on the system can be changed to 0700. Any file on the system may be created or overwritten as root. Local users may also be able to read any system file by forcing a copy of it into the whatis database.

Updated packages

6.1 i586

 2b01457036a6813fa616adbca97fcb36   6.1/RPMS/man-1.5g-15mdk.i586.rpm
52d021732aa09d517eeff8b60d427a69   6.1/SRPMS/man-1.5g-15mdk.src.rpm

6.0 i586

 f4f87cab84a716a2ccb8c74b3325c0c9   6.0/RPMS/man-1.5g-15mdk.i586.rpm
52d021732aa09d517eeff8b60d427a69   6.0/SRPMS/man-1.5g-15mdk.src.rpm

7.0 i586

 ea883685faa409148f9b55c442a0438c   7.0/RPMS/man-1.5g-15mdk.i586.rpm
52d021732aa09d517eeff8b60d427a69   7.0/SRPMS/man-1.5g-15mdk.src.rpm

7.1 i586

 fbc1b9e04d75f267650f291d99f467f1   7.1/RPMS/man-1.5g-15mdk.i586.rpm
52d021732aa09d517eeff8b60d427a69   7.1/SRPMS/man-1.5g-15mdk.src.rpm