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Security update for package traceroute


(Last modified: 11NOV2002)

solutions Security update for package traceroute SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (9625189d4ee7d273a25db9c9fef96dfc)

Applies to

Product(s): SuSE Linux Admin-CD for Firewall
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for IBM zSeries
SuSE eMail Server III
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for PowerPC
SuSE Firewall on CD 2 - VPN
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 eMail Server 3.1
SuSE Linux Office Server
SuSE Firewall Adminhost VPN
SuSE Firewall on CD 2
SuSE Linux Connectivity Server

Package: traceroute
Release: 20021111
Obsoletes: none


This update should be installed.



Problem description

The traceroute program is installed setuid root. Buffer overflows allow local attackers to gain root access on a system where traceroute is installed. This update causes the traceroute program to drop root privileges after getting the raw network socket. In addition to this, the buffer overflows are fixed with this update, removing the local root vulnerability.
This update has a different version string than the predecessor packages due to consistency reasons. The string "nanog_6.*" has been converted to "6.*" to allow for an easier comparison of version numbering. By consequence, this update package has release number "0".


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

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