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Security update for man


(Last modified: 27AUG2003)

solutions Security update for man SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (73ea558f54add0d7ac5d745bb1fb86c6)

Applies to

Product(s): SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for S/390 and 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 Openexchange Server 4
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for IPF
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for AMD64
SuSE Linux Desktop 1.0
SuSE Linux Standard Server 8

Package: man
Release: 20030827
Obsoletes: none


Everyone using 'man' on a multiuser-system should update.

Problem description

A user is able to define a compressor-program in his/her .manpath
file. This program will be executed with UID 'man'. By abusing this
functionality a local user can execute arbitrary code with the
privileges of user 'man'.


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 man.rpm

links to download packages

Download Source Packages

Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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