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Security Bugfix for Fileutils


(Last modified: 26MAR2002)

solutions Security Bugfix for Fileutils SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (7ad4c27ebe726c8bf9e8356d226ef948)

Applies to

Product(s): SuSE Linux Admin-CD for Firewall
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 Firewall Adminhost VPN
SuSE Linux Connectivity Server

Package: fileutils
Release: 20020326
Obsoletes: none


This update should be installed by everyone.



Problem description

When recursively removing directory trees, the rm(1) command will do a 'cd ..', which leads to a race condition when directories are being removed from world-writeable directories. By consequence, any local user could remove system-owned directories as the user running the recursive 'rm -r' command, typically root. No temporary workaround for this problem exists other than not recursively removing directories within world-writeable directory structures while users are active.


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 fileutils.rpm
It is recommended to run "SuSEconfig" after performing the update in case the update rpm command is being run manually.

links to download packages

Download Source Packages

Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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