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Security update for package traceroute


(Last modified: 13DEC2002)

solutions Security update for package traceroute SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (6713da72a973995103d7fb456930cb41)

Applies to

Product(s): SuSE eMail Server 3.1
SuSE eMail Server III
SuSE Firewall Adminhost VPN
SuSE Linux Admin-CD for Firewall
SuSE Firewall on CD 2 - VPN
SuSE Firewall on CD 2
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 Office Server

Package: traceroute
Release: 20021213
Obsoletes: none


Everyone using traceroute should install this patch.



Problem description

The traceroute program is installed "setuid root" to allocate a raw IP-Socket and a raw ICMP-Socket. A local attacker can gain access to the raw socket on a system where traceroute is installed due to two buffer overflows. This update fixes these buffer overflows. Please note that root privileges are dropped right after allocating the raw sockets, which stops an attacker from gaining full root access to the system.


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 traceroute.rpm

links to download packages

Download Source Packages

Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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