Ecartis/Kernel Update for Debian
Posted on: 03/27/2003 11:07 PM

Two new security updates for Debian GNU/Linux has been released:

DSA-271-1 ecartis -- unauthorized password change

A problem has been discovered in ecartis, a mailing list manager, formerly known as listar. This vulnerability enables an attacker to reset the password of any user defined on the list server, including the list admins.

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DSA-270-1 linux-kernel-mips -- local privilege escalation

The kernel module loader in Linux 2.2 and Linux 2.4 kernels has a flaw in ptrace. This hole allows local users to obtain root privileges by using ptrace to attach to a child process that is spawned by the kernel. Remote exploitation of this hole is not possible.

This advisory only covers kernel packages for the big and little endian MIPS architectures. Other architectures will be covered by separate advisories.

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