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Security update for Sendmail (package sendmail-devel)

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(Last modified: 01APR2003)


solutions Security update for Sendmail (package sendmail-devel) SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (e8426b8e8a7ba6510b9b8e35deec594a)

Applies to

Product(s): SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for x86
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 Openexchange Server 4
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 for IPF

Package: sendmail-devel
Release: 20030401
Obsoletes: cea49936f292ba8297049a5eb8da1eee

Indications

This update should be installed on all systems that have the sendmail-devel package installed. Please note that this does not fix the vulneralibilty by the normal sendmail dÆmon. Please refer to the SuSE Maintenance Web article "Security update for Sendmail (package sendmail)" (http://sdb.suse.de/en/psdb/html/63ef3602dad4c0eeb0c19cf83808746b.html) for an update of the sendmail dÆmon.

Contraindications

None.

Problem description

A security flaw in the address parsing code of sendmail has been found. The bug can be abused by a local or remote attacker to gain elevated privileges on a system running sendmail.
Please note that this flaw (as announced by CERT with the id CA-2003-12) is different from the one that was reason for an update in early March 2003 (CERT announcement CA-2003-07, SuSE Maintenance Web article "Security update for sendmail (package sendmail)" (http://sdb.suse.de/en/psdb/html/de453c8319b6505d448075350f15aef5.html)).

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 sendmail-devel.rpm
The update is for the sendmail-devel package only. The sendmail-devel package contains three static libraries that may be used by programs compiled by the administrator. If you have programs that make use of these libraries, you should make sure that you recompile these programs after this patch has been installed.
For the security update of the sendmail dÆmon please refer to the SuSE Maintenance Web article "Security update for sendmail (package sendmail)" (http://sdb.suse.de/en/psdb/html/de453c8319b6505d448075350f15aef5.html).

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