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Security update for package susehelp


(Last modified: 13JAN2003)

solutions Security update for package susehelp SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (1ef8f79eba961050c42817af8b17aa23)

Applies to

Product(s): SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for x86
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for IBM iSeries and IBM pSeries
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for IBM S/390 and IBM zSeries
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for IBM zSeries
SuSE Linux Openexchange Server 4

Package: susehelp
Release: 20030113
Obsoletes: none


All systems with susehelp installed should install this update.



Problem description

The security check in the CGI parseQuery() function of the susehelp package is broken. A remote attacker could insert shell metacharacters in CGI queries to the susehelp system. This could lead to a remote compromise of the system if a webserver and the susehelp system is installed.


Please install the updates provided at the location noted below.
The update fixes the parseQuery() function to properly filter such characters now.

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 susehelp.rpm

links to download packages

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Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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