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Security update for gpg

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(Last modified: 24FEB2005)


solutions Security update for gpg SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (91bd5b75ab1218a3ee7853871ac831ce)

Applies to

Package: gpg
Product(s): SUSE CORE 9 for x86
SUSE CORE 9 for Itanium Processor Family
SUSE CORE 9 for IBM POWER
SUSE CORE 9 for IBM S/390 31bit
SUSE CORE 9 for IBM zSeries 64bit
SUSE CORE 9 for AMD64 and Intel EM64T
SuSE Linux Desktop 1.0
SUSE LINUX Retail Solution 8
SuSE Linux School Server for i386
SuSE Linux Standard Server 8
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for x86
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for IPF
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 Enterprise Server 8 for AMD64
Novell Linux Desktop 9 for x86
Novell Linux Desktop 9 for x86_64
SuSE Linux Openexchange Server 4
Patch: patch-9900
Release: 20050224
Obsoletes: none

Indications

Everyone using gpg in an automated way should update.

Contraindications

None.

Problem description

The OpenPGP protocol was vulnerable to a timing-attack to gain plaintext from
ciphertext. The timing difference appears as side effect of the so called
quick scan and is only exploitable on systems that accept an arbitrary amount
of ciphertext for automatic decryption.

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 gpg.rpm

links to download packages

Download Source Packages

Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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