RHSA-2005:217-01: Moderate: mc security update
Posted on: 03/04/2005 03:28 AM

A mc update is available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1

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Red Hat Security Advisory

Synopsis: Moderate: mc security update
Advisory ID: RHSA-2005:217-01
Advisory URL: https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2005-217.html
Issue date: 2005-03-04
Updated on: 2005-03-04
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux
CVE Names: CAN-2004-1004 CAN-2004-1005 CAN-2004-1176
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1. Summary:

Updated mc packages that fix multiple security issues are now available.

This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS (Advanced Server) version 2.1 - i386, ia64
Red Hat Linux Advanced Workstation 2.1 - ia64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS version 2.1 - i386

3. Problem description:

Midnight Commander (mc) is a visual shell, much like a file manager.

Several format string bugs were found in Midnight Commander. If a user is tricked by an attacker into opening a specially crafted path with mc, it may be possible to execute arbitrary code as the user running Midnight Commander. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org)
has assigned the name CAN-2004-1004 to this issue.

Several buffer overflow bugs were found in Midnight Commander. If a user is tricked by an attacker into opening a specially crafted file or path with mc, it may be possible to execute arbitrary code as the user running Midnight Commander. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CAN-2004-1005 to this issue.

A buffer underflow bug was found in Midnight Commander. If a malicious local user is able to modify the extfs.ini file, it could be possible to execute arbitrary code as a user running Midnight Commander. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project (cve.mitre.org) has assigned the name CAN-2004-1176 to this issue.

Users of mc should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch, and are not vulnerable to this issue.

4. Solution:

Before applying this update, make sure that all previously-released errata relevant to your system have been applied. Use Red Hat Network to download and update your packages. To launch the Red Hat Update Agent, use the following command:

up2date

For information on how to install packages manually, refer to the following Web page for the System Administration or Customization guide specific to your system:

http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/enterprise/

5. Bug IDs fixed (http://bugzilla.redhat.com/):

148864 - CAN-2004-1004 multiple issues with mc (CAN-2004-1005 CAN-2005-1176)

6. RPMs required:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS (Advanced Server) version 2.1:

SRPMS:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/enterprise/2.1AS/en/os/SRPMS/mc-4.5.51-36.6.src.rpm
0280014f6cce24b5a7e86224d1a4c20e mc-4.5.51-36.6.src.rpm

i386:
f9cf57bc299aff9a913dfd4801bf962d gmc-4.5.51-36.6.i386.rpm
34fab95940f7bd986db806c30abf2264 mc-4.5.51-36.6.i386.rpm
dd976aa43c29b97804a1149cc64c56e4 mcserv-4.5.51-36.6.i386.rpm

ia64:
6f6c8b333239ba869ea8f32e05d9cf04 gmc-4.5.51-36.6.ia64.rpm
012c0f617c2dd9593f53fa8c25839489 mc-4.5.51-36.6.ia64.rpm
f067178eaa407dc355cd1e5b5d536b44 mcserv-4.5.51-36.6.ia64.rpm

Red Hat Linux Advanced Workstation 2.1:

SRPMS:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/enterprise/2.1AW/en/os/SRPMS/mc-4.5.51-36.6.src.rpm
0280014f6cce24b5a7e86224d1a4c20e mc-4.5.51-36.6.src.rpm

ia64:
6f6c8b333239ba869ea8f32e05d9cf04 gmc-4.5.51-36.6.ia64.rpm
012c0f617c2dd9593f53fa8c25839489 mc-4.5.51-36.6.ia64.rpm
f067178eaa407dc355cd1e5b5d536b44 mcserv-4.5.51-36.6.ia64.rpm

Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS version 2.1:

SRPMS:
ftp://updates.redhat.com/enterprise/2.1WS/en/os/SRPMS/mc-4.5.51-36.6.src.rpm
0280014f6cce24b5a7e86224d1a4c20e mc-4.5.51-36.6.src.rpm

i386:
f9cf57bc299aff9a913dfd4801bf962d gmc-4.5.51-36.6.i386.rpm
34fab95940f7bd986db806c30abf2264 mc-4.5.51-36.6.i386.rpm
dd976aa43c29b97804a1149cc64c56e4 mcserv-4.5.51-36.6.i386.rpm

These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat for security. Our key and details on how to verify the signature are available from https://www.redhat.com/security/team/key/#package

7. References:

http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=295261
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2004-1004
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2004-1005
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2004-1176

8. Contact:

The Red Hat security contact is lt;secalert@redhat.comgt;. More contact details at https://www.redhat.com/security/team/contact/

Copyright 2005 Red Hat, Inc.


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