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Security update for permissions and filesystem


(Last modified: 21OCT2005)

solutions Security update for permissions and filesystem SuSE Linux Maintenance Web (f91efcfdcc1e3f92b382d1725439765d)

Applies to

Package: permissions
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
Novell Linux Desktop 9 for x86
Novell Linux Desktop 9 for x86_64
Novell Linux POS 9
Open Enterprise Server
Patch: patch-10539
Release: 20051021
Obsoletes: none


Everyone who has programs with sgid games or xmcd installed should update.



Problem description

It is technically impossible to change permissions files in of world writeable directories that don't have the sticky bit set in a secure way. This update therefore removes /var/lib/xmcd/discog from /etc/permissions*. Furthermore permissions handling of files below /var/games is removed. To be able to change permissions of directories in world writeable directories in a secure way a slash must be appended to the path in the /etc/permssions* file. This update corrects missing slashes amongst others for /usr/src/packages/*.


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 permissions.rpm filesystem.rpm

links to download packages

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Download the source code of the patches for maintained products.


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