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Security update for XFree86


(Last modified: 12JAN2004)

solutions Security update for XFree86 SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (b4b5d382e65efa78bae8495095d801bb)

Applies to

Product(s): SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for PowerPC
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
SuSE Linux Openexchange Server 4

Package: xf86
Release: 20040112
Obsoletes: none


Everyone using XDM in conjunction with Kerberos should update.



Problem description

Due to inproper checking of failure conditions of pam_setcred() in XDM while using pam_krb5 a user with valid Kerberos login credentials may get root access to the system.


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 xf86.rpm

links to download packages

Download Source Packages

Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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