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Category:Conectiva Local Security Checks
Title:Conectiva Security Advisory CLA-2003:620
Summary:Conectiva Security Advisory CLA-2003:620

The remote host is missing updates announced in
advisory CLA-2003:620.

The man package, which includes the utilities man, apropos, and
whatis is used to read most of the documentation available on a Linux

Jack Lloyd found[1] a local vulnerability in the man utility. Because
of a problem with a value returned by the my_xsprintf() function, man
could try to execute a program called unsafe when reading a manpage
file with certain characteristics. If an attacker can put a malicious
executable file called unsafe in the system PATH and let a user
open a specially created manpage, it could run arbitrary commands
with the privileges of this user.

The apt tool can be used to perform RPM package upgrades
by running 'apt-get update' followed by 'apt-get upgrade'


Risk factor : High

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