Mandrake security alert: Updated mtools packages fix local root vulnerability
Sebastian Krahmer found that the mformat program, when installed suid root, can create any file with 0666 permissions as root, and that it also does not drop privileges when reading local configuration files. The updated packages remove the suid bit from mformat.
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Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory
Package name: mtools
Advisory ID: MDKSA-2004:016
Date: February 25th, 2004
Affected versions: 9.2
Sebastian Krahmer found that the mformat program, when installed
suid root, can create any file with 0666 permissions as root, and that
it also does not drop privileges when reading local configuration
The updated packages remove the suid bit from mformat.
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Type Bits/KeyID Date User ID
pub 1024D/22458A98 2000-07-10 Linux Mandrake Security Team
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