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Red Hat: Updated diffutils packages available

When using sdiff in interactive mode, a temporary file is created. The new diffutils packages make sure to create that file in a secure way. The packages are available from
                   Red Hat, Inc. Red Hat Security Advisory

Synopsis:          Updated diffutils packages available
Advisory ID:       RHSA-2001:116-03
Issue date:        2001-10-03
Updated on:        2001-10-17
Product:           Red Hat Linux
Keywords:          sdiff temporary file
Cross references:  

1. Topic:

Updated diffutils packages are now available, fixing a temporary file 
handling vulnerability in the sdiff program.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Linux 5.2 - alpha, i386, sparc

Red Hat Linux 6.2 - alpha, i386, sparc

Red Hat Linux 7.0 - alpha, i386

Red Hat Linux 7.1 - alpha, i386, ia64

3. Problem description:

When using sdiff in interactive mode, a temporary file is created.  The 
new diffutils packages make sure to create that file in a secure way.

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. Bug IDs fixed ( for more info):

6. RPMs required:

Red Hat Linux 5.2:





Red Hat Linux 6.2:





Red Hat Linux 7.0:




Red Hat Linux 7.1:





7. Verification:

MD5 sum                           Package Name
ff7029002d184b7b860f21524f696b60 5.2/en/os/SRPMS/diffutils-2.7-22.5x.src.rpm35dfb8e4aba080dcbda65519bf266b71 5.2/en/os/alpha/diffutils-2.7-22.5x.alpha.rpm729984eac74f725e0ec8560c7ff114a5 5.2/en/os/i386/diffutils-2.7-22.5x.i386.rpm2c7f2ab3e5c0ddeba0b1791476cb7689 5.2/en/os/sparc/diffutils-2.7-22.5x.sparc.rpmd736703adc89c9ec4b6b43849a93375c 6.2/en/os/SRPMS/diffutils-2.7-22.6x.src.rpme3ebbf9aa5f5b663b011d1087866e959 6.2/en/os/alpha/diffutils-2.7-22.6x.alpha.rpm97f2748d9d8121b9a365c5d6e806e90f 6.2/en/os/i386/diffutils-2.7-22.6x.i386.rpm0689c3190111d4bbc7e37ae2da8afb7b 6.2/en/os/sparc/diffutils-2.7-22.6x.sparc.rpmb59486f536fb05fcbb46ddf1134ad441 7.0/en/os/SRPMS/diffutils-2.7-22.70.src.rpm7220cfb847ac459e89f95163443dc4f4 7.0/en/os/alpha/diffutils-2.7-22.70.alpha.rpm5a826dc3cf47c95aaa1506af652c3f95 7.0/en/os/i386/diffutils-2.7-22.70.i386.rpma9e358e11d2c008fe0388b69901c4533 7.1/en/os/SRPMS/diffutils-2.7-23.src.rpm687c37a41d49b288a8bcea8469837fb8 7.1/en/os/alpha/diffutils-2.7-23.alph!
a.rpm0c7ef980105572472a6ae07f13aa7e10 7.1/en/os/i386/diffutils-2.7-23.i386.rpm062bf0083809452267d49d42aa85d7e2 7.1/en/os/ia64/diffutils-2.7-23.ia64.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  

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

8. References:

Copyright(c) 2000, 2001 Red Hat, Inc.

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