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Old 10-28-2003, 07:31 AM   #1
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Slackware Security Advisories

Yesterday, two new patches were placed by the Slackware Security team. One outlines a known vulnerability in Fetchmail:

Fetchmail is a mail-retrieval and forwarding utility.

Upgraded fetchmail packages are available for Slackware 8.1, 9.0,
9.1, and -current. These fix a vulnerability where a specially
crafted email could crash fetchmail, preventing the user from
downloading or forwarding their email.

More details about this issue may be found in the Common
Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) database:

Here are the details from the Slackware 9.1 ChangeLog:
Wed Oct 22 12:10:11 PDT 2003
patches/packages/fetchmail-6.2.5-i486-1.tgz: Upgraded to fetchmail-6.2.5.
This fixes a security issue where a specially crafted message could cause
fetchmail to crash, preventing the user from retrieving email.
(* Security fix *)

The Second is for a one in gdm: |

GDM is the GNOME Display Manager, and is commonly used to provide
a graphical login for local users.

Upgraded gdm packages are available for Slackware 9.0, 9.1,
and -current. These fix two vulnerabilities which could allow a local
user to crash or freeze gdm, preventing access to the machine until a
reboot. Sites using gdm should upgrade, especially sites such as
computer labs that use gdm to provide public or semi-public access.

More details about these issues may be found in the Common
Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) database:

Here are the details from the Slackware 9.1 ChangeLog:
Wed Oct 22 12:10:11 PDT 2003
patches/packages/gdm- Upgraded to gdm- This
fixes a bug which can allow a local user to crash gdm, preventing
access until the machine is rebooted.
(* Security fix *)


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