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Security update for pwdutils


(Last modified: 28OCT2005)

solutions Security update for pwdutils SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (185153682667ec6862eeea0f4622dde5)

Applies to

Package: pwdutils
Product(s): SUSE CORE 9 for x86
SUSE CORE 9 for Itanium Processor Family
SUSE CORE 9 for IBM S/390 31bit
SUSE CORE 9 for IBM zSeries 64bit
SUSE CORE 9 for AMD64 and Intel EM64T
Novell Linux Desktop 9 for x86
Novell Linux Desktop 9 for x86_64
Novell Linux POS 9
Open Enterprise Server
Patch: patch-10550
Release: 20051028
Obsoletes: none


Install this update.



Problem description

Thomas Gerisch reported a local privilege escalation in the 'chfn' program caused by insufficient argument checking. This problem allows a local attacker to easily gain root privileges.


Please install the updates provided at the location noted below.

Installation notes

This update is provided as an RPM package that can easily be installed onto a running system by using this command:
rpm -Fvh pwdutils.rpm

links to download packages

Download Source Packages

Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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