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Debian: New getmail packages fix root compromise

A security problem has been discovered in getmail, a POP3 and APOP mail gatherer and forwarder. An attacker with a shell account on the victims host could utilise getmail to overwrite arbitrary files when it is running as root. Fixed packages are available from security.debian.org.
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Debian Security Advisory DSA 553-1                     security@debian.org
http://www.debian.org/security/                             Martin Schulze
September 27th, 2004                    http://www.debian.org/security/faq
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Package        : getmail
Vulnerability  : symlink vulnerability
Problem-Type   : local
Debian-specific: no
CVE ID         : CAN-2004-0880 CAN-2004-0881
Debian Bug     : 272561

A security problem has been discovered in getmail, a POP3 and APOP
mail gatherer and forwarder.  An attacker with a shell account on the
victims host could utilise getmail to overwrite arbitrary files when
it is running as root.

For the stable distribution (woody) this problem has been fixed in
version 2.3.7-2.

For the unstable distribution (sid) this problem has been fixed in
version 3.2.5-1.

We recommend that you upgrade your getmail package.


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 3.0 alias woody
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  Source archives:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/g/getmail/getmail_2.3.7-2.dsc
      Size/MD5 checksum:      583 6263f8d2d75ec3eb21dd302e0b9d6729
    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/g/getmail/getmail_2.3.7-2.diff.gz
      Size/MD5 checksum:     2645 ff40d8f72744bfec8a963ece950e0bcd
    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/g/getmail/getmail_2.3.7.orig.tar.gz
      Size/MD5 checksum:    70944 4eef6be77a4cbe1a86eef75affd31b05

  Architecture independent components:

    http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/g/getmail/getmail_2.3.7-2_all.deb
      Size/MD5 checksum:    74388 f2b9e79b1ddd8ef8bf719d4e1894f051


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

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For apt-get: deb http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main
For dpkg-ftp: ftp://security.debian.org/debian-security dists/stable/updates/main
Mailing list: debian-security-announce@lists.debian.org
Package info: `apt-cache show ' and http://packages.debian.org/

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