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Security update for package rsync


(Last modified: 24JAN2002)

solutions Security update for package rsync SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (2dc2e6a671fecfd5c45556e6aabbada8)

Applies to

Product(s): SuSE Linux Database Server
SuSE eMail Server III
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for PowerPC
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for IA32
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for IA64
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for S/390 and zSeries
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server for S/390
SuSE Firewall Adminhost VPN
SuSE Linux Connectivity Server

Package: n1/rsync
Release: 20020124
Obsoletes: none


This update should be installed.



Problem description

rsync is a widely spread protocol to mirror directory hierarchies.
An integer signedness bug causes the rsync daemon to mistreat data input from the network so that the process can be controlled by the remote user. By consequence, the remote user can trick the rsyncd process to execute arbitrary commands. This error is particularly dangerous for sites that offer anonymous (non-authorized) rsync service to the internet.
There is no temporary workaround against this problem other than this package update. Since rsyncd is usually started from inetd/xinetd, new instances of the daemon are lauched upon request. Therefore, it should not be necessary to kill all running instances of rsyncd after installation of the patch.


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 -Uvh rsync.rpm

links to download packages

Download Source Packages

Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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