Mandrake alert: Updated php packages fix vulnerabilities
A vulnerability was discovered in the transparent session ID support in PHP4 prior to version 4.3.2. It did not properly escape user- supplied input prior to inserting it in the generated web page. This could be exploited by an attacker to execute embedded scripts within the context of the generated HTML (CAN-2003-0442).
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Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory
Package name: php
Advisory ID: MDKSA-2003:082-1
Date: August 12th, 2003
Original Advisory Date: August 4th, 2003
Affected versions: 8.2, Multi Network Firewall 8.2
A vulnerability was discovered in the transparent session ID support
in PHP4 prior to version 4.3.2. It did not properly escape user-
supplied input prior to inserting it in the generated web page. This
could be exploited by an attacker to execute embedded scripts within
the context of the generated HTML (CAN-2003-0442).
As well, two vulnerabilities had not been patched in the PHP packages
included with Mandrake Linux 8.2: The mail() function did not filter
ASCII control filters from its arguments, which could allow an attacker
to modify the mail message content (CAN-2002-0986). Another
vulnerability in the mail() function would allow a remote attacker to
bypass safe mode restrictions and modify the command line arguments
passed to the MTA in the fifth argument (CAN-2002-0985).
All users are encouraged to upgrade to these patched packages.
The packages for Mandrake Linux 8.2 and Multi-Network Firewall 8.2,
due to improper BuildRequires did not include mail() support. This
update corrects that problem.
Mandrake Linux 8.2:
Multi Network Firewall 8.2:
Bug IDs fixed (see https://qa.mandrakesoft.com for more information):
To upgrade automatically, use MandrakeUpdate or urpmi. The verification
of md5 checksums and GPG signatures is performed automatically for you.
A list of FTP mirrors can be obtained from:
All packages are signed by MandrakeSoft for security. You can obtain
the GPG public key of the Mandrake Linux Security Team by executing:
gpg --recv-keys --keyserver http://www.mandrakesecure.net 0x22458A98
Please be aware that sometimes it takes the mirrors a few hours to
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If you want to report vulnerabilities, please contact
Type Bits/KeyID Date User ID
pub 1024D/22458A98 2000-07-10 Linux Mandrake Security Team
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