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Security update for package UTIL-LINUX


(Last modified: 08OCT2002)

solutions Security update for package UTIL-LINUX SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (eada584e412d458d93319dc89e486a2c)

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 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 Linux Connectivity Server

Package: util-linux
Release: 20021008
Obsoletes: none


This update should be installed.



Problem description

The mount and umount program did not set their umask properly. Local attackers could exploit this flaw to write arbitrary content into the /etc/mtab file because upon creation this file was world writeable. Certain daemons rely on the content of the /etc/mtab file and could be tricked into using a wrong file 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 -Uvh util-linux.rpm

links to download packages

Download Source Packages

Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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