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Security update for Sendmail (package sendmail)

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(Last modified: 01APR2003)


solutions Security update for Sendmail (package sendmail) SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (63ef3602dad4c0eeb0c19cf83808746b)

Applies to

Product(s): SuSE Linux Database Server
SuSE Firewall Adminhost VPN
SuSE Linux Admin-CD for Firewall
SuSE Firewall on CD 2 - VPN
SuSE Firewall on CD 2
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server for S/390
SuSE Linux Connectivity Server
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for IA32
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for IA64
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for PowerPC
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for S/390 and zSeries
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for IBM zSeries
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 Office Server
SuSE Linux Openexchange Server 4
SuSE eMail Server II
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for IPF

Package: sendmail
Release: 20030401
Obsoletes: de453c8319b6505d448075350f15aef5

Indications

This update should be installed on all systems that use sendmail as the MTA (Mail Transport Agent).

Contraindications

None.

Problem description

A security flaw in the address parsing code of sendmail has been found. The bug can be abused by a local or remote attacker to gain elevated privileges on a system running sendmail.
Please note that this flaw (as announced by CERT with the id CA-2003-12) is different from the one that was reason for an update in early March 2003 (CERT announcement CA-2003-07, SuSE Maintenance Web article "Security update for sendmail (package sendmail)" (http://sdb.suse.de/en/psdb/html/de453c8319b6505d448075350f15aef5.html)).

Solution

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 sendmail.rpm
After the update package has been installed, you must restart the running sendmail dÆmon(s) by running the following command as user "root":
rcsendmail restart

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