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Security update for subversion


(Last modified: 29SEP2004)

solutions Security update for subversion SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (f1e4c0242f65ff88f49218e6f83810a1)

Applies to

Product(s): SLES SDK 9 for x86
SLES SDK 9 for IBM iSeries and IBM pSeries
SLES SDK 9 for IBM S/390 and IBM zSeries
SLES SDK 9 for IBM zSeries
SLES SDK 9 for X86-64

Package: subversion
Release: 20040929
Obsoletes: none


Anyone using subversion should update.



Problem description

If a Subversion commit affects paths that an administrator has marked "unreadable" using mod_authz_svn, then
  • "svn log -v" will list the existence of the unreadable paths;
  • "svn log -v" will show the commit's log message, which might be considered sensitive metadata in some situations;
  • "svn propget" is also able to fetch the log message of any commit;
  • "svn blame" and other commands that follow renames are able to acknowledge the existence of earlier versions of files that exist at unreadable locations.
This security issue is not about revealing the contents of protected files: it only reveals metadata about protected areas such as paths and log messages. This may or may not be important to your organization, depending on how you're using path-based authorization, and the sensitivity of the metadata.
These issues only affects users of mod_authz_svn, not people using native httpd.conf directives (such as <Limit> or <LimitExcept>) directives to limit general readability on whole repositories.


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 subversion.rpm subversion-server.rpm subversion-devel.rpm

links to download packages

Download Source Packages

Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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