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Published:

17 August 1998

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              AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution

                             
                     ESB-98.136 -- Red Hat Linux Bulletin
                   SECURITY: svgalib security vulnerability
                               18 August 1998

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Red Hat Software, Inc. has released the following advisory concerning a
vulnerability in svgalib which may allow users to make the console
unusable.


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Minor security problems have been found in svgalib which allow users to make
the console unusable. Fixes are now available for Red Hat 4.2, 5.0, and 5.1
We recommend all users upgrade to these new releases. svgalib is only supported
on the i386 platform; this issue does not affect users of Alpha and SPARC 
machines.

Red Hat 5.0 and 5.1
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i386:
rpm -Uvh ftp://ftp.redhat.com/updates/5.0/i386/svgalib-1.2.13-5.i386.rpm

Red Hat 4.2
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i386:
rpm -Uvh ftp://ftp.redhat.com/updates/4.2/i386/svgalib-devel-1.2.13.i386.rpm


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