RHSA-2010:0321-04 Low: automake security update
Posted on: 03/30/2010 10:10 PM

A new update is available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Here the announcement:

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Red Hat Security Advisory

Synopsis: Low: automake security update
Advisory ID: RHSA-2010:0321-04
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Advisory URL: https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2010-0321.html
Issue date: 2010-03-30
CVE Names: CVE-2009-4029
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1. Summary:

Updated automake, automake14, automake15, automake16, and automake17
packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 5.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having low
security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score,
which gives a detailed severity rating, is available from the CVE link in
the References section.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

RHEL Desktop Workstation (v. 5 client) - noarch
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server) - noarch

3. Description:

Automake is a tool for automatically generating Makefile.in files compliant
with the GNU Coding Standards.

Automake-generated Makefiles made certain directories world-writable when
preparing source archives, as was recommended by the GNU Coding Standards.
If a malicious, local user could access the directory where a victim was
creating distribution archives, they could use this flaw to modify the
files being added to those archives. Makefiles generated by these updated
automake packages no longer make distribution directories world-writable,
as recommended by the updated GNU Coding Standards. (CVE-2009-4029)

Note: This issue affected Makefile targets used by developers to prepare
distribution source archives. Those targets are not used when compiling
programs from the source code.

All users of automake, automake14, automake15, automake16, and automake17
should upgrade to these updated packages, which resolve this issue.

4. Solution:

Before applying this update, make sure all previously-released errata
relevant to your system have been applied.

This update is available via the Red Hat Network. Details on how to
use the Red Hat Network to apply this update are available at
http://kbase.redhat.com/faq/docs/DOC-11259

5. Bugs fixed (http://bugzilla.redhat.com/):

542609 - CVE-2009-4029 Automake: Race condition by creation of "distdir" based directory hierarchy

6. Package List:

RHEL Desktop Workstation (v. 5 client):

Source:
ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/5Client/en/os/SRPMS/automake-1.9.6-2.3.el5.src.rpm
ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/5Client/en/os/SRPMS/automake14-1.4p6-13.el5.1.src.rpm
ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/5Client/en/os/SRPMS/automake15-1.5-16.el5.2.src.rpm
ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/5Client/en/os/SRPMS/automake16-1.6.3-8.el5.1.src.rpm
ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/5Client/en/os/SRPMS/automake17-1.7.9-7.el5.2.src.rpm

noarch:
automake-1.9.6-2.3.el5.noarch.rpm
automake14-1.4p6-13.el5.1.noarch.rpm
automake15-1.5-16.el5.2.noarch.rpm
automake16-1.6.3-8.el5.1.noarch.rpm
automake17-1.7.9-7.el5.2.noarch.rpm

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server):

Source:
ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/5Server/en/os/SRPMS/automake-1.9.6-2.3.el5.src.rpm
ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/5Server/en/os/SRPMS/automake14-1.4p6-13.el5.1.src.rpm
ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/5Server/en/os/SRPMS/automake15-1.5-16.el5.2.src.rpm
ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/5Server/en/os/SRPMS/automake16-1.6.3-8.el5.1.src.rpm
ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/5Server/en/os/SRPMS/automake17-1.7.9-7.el5.2.src.rpm

noarch:
automake-1.9.6-2.3.el5.noarch.rpm
automake14-1.4p6-13.el5.1.noarch.rpm
automake15-1.5-16.el5.2.noarch.rpm
automake16-1.6.3-8.el5.1.noarch.rpm
automake17-1.7.9-7.el5.2.noarch.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:

https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2009-4029.html
http://www.redhat.com/security/updates/classification/#low
http://www.gnu.org/prep/standards/html_node/Releases.html

8. Contact:

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

Copyright 2010 Red Hat, Inc.
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