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Security update for arc


(Last modified: 27SEP2005)

solutions Security update for arc SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (9d308f73411993e55c6ab24d20793491)

Applies to

Package: arc
Product(s): SUSE CORE 9 for x86
SUSE CORE 9 for Itanium Processor Family
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 School Server for i386
SuSE Linux Standard Server 8
Novell Linux POS 9
Open Enterprise Server
SuSE Linux Openexchange Server 4
Patch: patch-10496
Release: 20050927
Obsoletes: none


Everyone should update.



Problem description

This updates fixes two bugs:
  • Eric Romang discovered that the ARC archive program under Unix creates a temporary file with insecure permissions which may lead to an attacker stealing sensitive information (CAN-2005-2945).
  • Joey Schulze discovered that the temporary file was created in an insecure fashion as well, leaving it open to a classic symlink attack (CAN-2005-2992).


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 arc.rpm

links to download packages

Download Source Packages

Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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