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19 April 1999

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              AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
                   ESB-1999.053 -- Red Hat Linux Bulletin
                   SECURITY: New rsync packages available
                               20 April 1999


Red Hat Software, Inc. has released the following advisory concerning a
security vulnerability in the rsync package shipped with Red Hat Linux
5.2.  This vulnerability may easily cause a system administrator to
inadvertently compromise system security.

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Potential security problems have been identified in the rsync package
shipped with Red Hat Linux 5.2. A user can not exploit this hole
deliberately to gain privileges (ie. this is not an "active" security hole)
but a system administrator could easily be caught by the bug and
inadvertently compromise the security of their system.

Red Hat would like to thank Andrew Tridgel for providing an update that
fixed the problem.

Users of Red Hat Linux are recommended to upgrade to the new packages
available under updates directory on our ftp site:

Red Hat Linux 5.2:

rpm -Uvh ftp://updates.redhat.com/5.2/alpha/rsync-2.3.1-0.alpha.rpm

rpm -Uvh ftp://updates.redhat.com/5.2/i386/rsync-2.3.1-0.i386.rpm

rpm -Uvh ftp://updates.redhat.com/5.2/sparc/rsync-2.3.1-0.sparc.rpm

Source rpm:
rpm -Uvh ftp://updates.redhat.com/5.2/SRPMS/rsync-2.3.1-0.src.rpm

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

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