[RHSA-2003:057-06] Updated shadow-utils packages fix exposure

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2003-02-21T00:00:00


               Red Hat, Inc. Red Hat Security Advisory

Synopsis: Updated shadow-utils packages fix exposure Advisory ID: RHSA-2003:057-06 Issue date: 2003-02-12 Updated on: 2003-02-18 Product: Red Hat Linux Keywords: mail mailspool Cross references:
CVE Names: CAN-2002-1509

  1. Topic:

Updated shadow-utils packages correct a bug that caused the useradd tool to create mail spools with incorrect permissions.

  1. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Linux 7.2 - i386, ia64 Red Hat Linux 7.3 - i386 Red Hat Linux 8.0 - i386

  1. Problem description:

The shadow-utils package includes programs for converting UNIX password files to the shadow password format, plus programs for managing user and group accounts. One of these programs is useradd and is used to create or update new user information.

When creating a user account, the version of useradd included in Red Hat Linux 7.2, 7.3, and 8.0 creates a mailbox file with incorrectly-set group ownership. Instead of setting the file's group ownership to the 'mail' group, it is set to the user's primary group.

On systems where other users share the same primary group, this would allow those users to be able to read and write other user mailboxes.

These erratum packages contain an updated patch to useradd. Where a 'mail' group exists, mailboxes will be created with group 'mail' having read and write permissions. Otherwise the mailbox file will be created without group read and write permissions.

All users of Red Hat Linux are advised to update to these erratum packages and to also check the /var/spool/mail directory to ensure that all mailbox files have appropriate permissions.

  1. Solution:

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

To update all RPMs for your particular architecture, run:

rpm -Fvh [filenames]

where [filenames] is a list of the RPMs you wish to upgrade. Only those RPMs which are currently installed will be updated. Those RPMs which are not installed but included in the list will not be updated. Note that you can also use wildcards (.rpm) if your current directory only* contains the desired RPMs.

Please note that this update is also available via Red Hat Network. Many people find this an easier way to apply updates. To use Red Hat Network, launch the Red Hat Update Agent with the following command:


This will start an interactive process that will result in the appropriate RPMs being upgraded on your system.

  1. Bug IDs fixed (http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla for more info):

59810 - useradd creates mail writable for group!!! (PATCH in duplicate bug)

  1. RPMs required:

Red Hat Linux 7.2:

SRPMS: ftp://updates.redhat.com/7.2/en/os/SRPMS/shadow-utils-20000902-9.7.src.rpm

i386: ftp://updates.redhat.com/7.2/en/os/i386/shadow-utils-20000902-9.7.i386.rpm

ia64: ftp://updates.redhat.com/7.2/en/os/ia64/shadow-utils-20000902-9.7.ia64.rpm

Red Hat Linux 7.3:

SRPMS: ftp://updates.redhat.com/7.3/en/os/SRPMS/shadow-utils-20000902-9.7.src.rpm

i386: ftp://updates.redhat.com/7.3/en/os/i386/shadow-utils-20000902-9.7.i386.rpm

Red Hat Linux 8.0:

SRPMS: ftp://updates.redhat.com/8.0/en/os/SRPMS/shadow-utils-20000902-12.8.src.rpm

i386: ftp://updates.redhat.com/8.0/en/os/i386/shadow-utils-20000902-12.8.i386.rpm

  1. Verification:

MD5 sum Package Name

175d0d2e8a47c91a3746aca0054bc46b 7.2/en/os/SRPMS/shadow-utils-20000902-9.7.src.rpm f6d1854e5155dc933b01fd4b701edf2e 7.2/en/os/i386/shadow-utils-20000902-9.7.i386.rpm 115bfb6de248ecf59a4a50d85c7cb43e 7.2/en/os/ia64/shadow-utils-20000902-9.7.ia64.rpm 175d0d2e8a47c91a3746aca0054bc46b 7.3/en/os/SRPMS/shadow-utils-20000902-9.7.src.rpm f6d1854e5155dc933b01fd4b701edf2e 7.3/en/os/i386/shadow-utils-20000902-9.7.i386.rpm 0a4abea30939daf0c2f432efca7e35e9 8.0/en/os/SRPMS/shadow-utils-20000902-12.8.src.rpm 6dd61ab968afbc537e25faea914788bc 8.0/en/os/i386/shadow-utils-20000902-12.8.i386.rpm

These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat, Inc. for security. Our key is available at http://www.redhat.com/about/contact/pgpkey.html

You can verify each package with the following command:

rpm --checksig -v <filename>

If you only wish to verify that each package has not been corrupted or tampered with, examine only the md5sum with the following command:

md5sum <filename>
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  1. Contact:

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