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Published:

04 February 1999

Protect yourself against future threats.

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              AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
                             
                   ESB-1999.011 -- Red Hat Linux Bulletin
                  SECURITY: New minicom packages available
                              05 February 1999

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Red Hat Software, Inc. has released the following advisory concerning a
vulnerability in all current minicom packages which allows all users to 
access a modem on a system.  Redhat have released an update which fixes this 
problem. 

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Current minicom packages have permissions set to allow all users to access a
modem on a system. This update fixes this problem limiting users to those
listed in the minicom configuration file.

New packages are available for the supported versions of Red Hat Linux. All
users of Red Hat Linux are encouraged to upgrade to the new minicom releases
immediately. As always, these packages have been signed with the Red Hat PGP
key.

Red Hat Linux 5.1 and 5.2:
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alpha:
rpm -Uvh ftp://updates.redhat.com/5.2/alpha/minicom-1.82-3.alpha.rpm

i386:
rpm -Uvh ftp://updates.redhat.com/5.2/i386/minicom-1.82-3.i386.rpm

sparc:
rpm -Uvh ftp://updates.redhat.com/5.2/sparc/minicom-1.82-3.sparc.rpm

Source rpm:
rpm -Uvh ftp://updates.redhat.com/5.2/SRPMS/minicom-1.82-3.src.rpm

Red Hat Linux 5.0:
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alpha:
rpm -Uvh ftp://updates.redhat.com/5.0/alpha/minicom-1.82-0.alpha.rpm

i386:
rpm -Uvh ftp://updates.redhat.com/5.0/i386/minicom-1.82-0.i386.rpm

Source rpm:
rpm -Uvh ftp://updates.redhat.com/5.0/SRPMS/minicom-1.82-0.src.rpm

Red Hat Linux 4.2:
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alpha:
rpm -Uvh ftp://updates.redhat.com/4.2/alpha/minicom-1.81-2.alpha.rpm

i386:
rpm -Uvh ftp://updates.redhat.com/4.2/i386/minicom-1.81-2.i386.rpm

sparc:
rpm -Uvh ftp://updates.redhat.com/4.2/sparc/minicom-1.81-2.sparc.rpm

Source rpm:
rpm -Uvh ftp://updates.redhat.com/4.2/SRPMS/minicom-1.81-2.src.rpm

Cristian
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Cristian Gafton   --   gafton@redhat.com   --   Red Hat Software, Inc.
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 UNIX is user friendly. It's just selective about who its friends are.

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