DSA 1465-2: New apt-listchanges packages fix arbitrary code execution
Posted on: 01/17/2008 06:30 PM

The Debian Security Team published a new security update for Debian GNU/Linux. Here the announcement:

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Debian Security Advisory DSA-1465-2 security@debian.org
http://www.debian.org/security/ Steve Kemp
January 17, 2008 http://www.debian.org/security/faq
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Package : apt-listchanges
Vulnerability : programming error
Problem type : local
Debian-specific: yes
CVE Id(s) : CVE-2008-0302

Felipe Sateler discovered that apt-listchanges, a package change history
notification tool, used unsafe paths when importing its python libraries.
This could allow the execution of arbitary shell commands if the root user
executed the command in a directory which other local users may write
to.

This security update fixes a regression in the previous one, which caused
the package to fail to work.

For the stable distribution (etch), this problem has been fixed in version
2.72.5etch1.

For the old stable distribution (sarge), this problem was not present.

For the unstable distribution (sid), this problem has been fixed in version
2.82.

We recommend that you upgrade your apt-listchanges package.


Upgrade instructions
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wget url
will fetch the file for you
dpkg -i file.deb
will install the referenced file.

If you are using the apt-get package manager, use the line for
sources.list as given below:

apt-get update
will update the internal database
apt-get upgrade
will install corrected packages

You may use an automated update by adding the resources from the
footer to the proper configuration.


Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 alias sarge
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Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 alias etch
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Debian (stable)
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Stable updates are available for alpha, amd64, arm, hppa, i386, ia64, mips, mipsel, powerpc, s390 and sparc.

Source archives:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/a/apt-listchanges/apt-listchanges_2.72.5etch2.tar.gz
Size/MD5 checksum: 82907 2269a7d6e2bc1c964d214aa09696674f
http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/a/apt-listchanges/apt-listchanges_2.72.5etch2.dsc
Size/MD5 checksum: 665 3f7898a52530e876b443dd8984b58f98

Architecture independent packages:

http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/a/apt-listchanges/apt-listchanges_2.72.5etch2_all.deb
Size/MD5 checksum: 65308 323f63a82a48342fa5a2dbfd8c045c14


These files will probably be moved into the stable distribution on
its next update.

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For apt-get: deb http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main
For dpkg-ftp: ftp://security.debian.org/debian-security dists/stable/updates/main
Mailing list: debian-security-announce@lists.debian.org
Package info: `apt-cache show lt;pkggt;' and http://packages.debian.org/lt;pkggt;
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