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Linux Advisory Watch - April 9th 2004

|  LinuxSecurity.com                        Linux Advisory Watch |
|  April 9th, 2004                          Volume 5, Number 15a |

  Editors:     Dave Wreski                Benjamin Thomas
               dave@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx     ben@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Linux Advisory Watch is a comprehensive newsletter that outlines the
security vulnerabilities that have been announced throughout the week.
It includes pointers to updated packages and descriptions of each

This week, advisories were released for the Linux kernel, interchange,
fte, sysstat, oftpd, squid, heimdal, tcpdump, portage, kde, tcpdump,
sysstat, ClamAV, Automake, and mplayer.  The distributors include Debian,
Gentoo, Mandrake, and Turbolinux.


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File Integrity Monitoring

Recently, I stumbled across a relatively new tool called AFICK. It stands
for Another File Integrity CHecker.  It is similar to both Tripwire and
AIDE.  AFICK is GPLed and completely written in PERL.  It is extremely
flexible has been tested on a wide range of Linux, Windows, and Unix
system.  According to the AFICK project website, it has a decent
performance advantage over AIDE.  However, I have not independently
verified this.  If you're looking for a new toy to play with, I recommend
giving it a try.

Installing and using AFICK is a piece of cake.  The core piece of code is
command line based.  A perl-based GUI and webmin module is also available
for easy administration.  AFICK is available as an independent tar.gz,
zip, RPM, and Debian package.  It is good idea to take a look at the
afick.conf file before attempting to execute the script.

AFICK can be used with only a few simple commands.  To use AFICK, an OS
configuration file must be specified and then your system initialized.
This can be done with the following command:

# afick.pl -c linux.conf -i

During the initialization process it builds a database of checksums for
all files on your system.  Next, to compare the checksums of your files
and the values stored in the database, run the following command:

# afick.pl -c linux.conf -k

After making changes to a system, it is necessary to update the checksum
database.  Updating is also easy:

# afick.pl -c linux.conf -u

As with all integrity checking software, it is advisable to create a
cron-job that will compare the files checksums with a database at a
regular interval.  Also, the integrity of the database is very important.
If this is compromised, further changes to the system may go undetected.
Write protected media can be used to help this problem.

While the commands above may seem simple, its functionality is not limited
to those alone.  A full listing of command line option are available on
the AFICK website:


Until next time, cheers!
Benjamin D. Thomas


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|  Distribution: Debian           | ----------------------------//

 4/5/2004 - kernel
   2.4 mips/pa-risc Privilege escalation vulnerabilities

   Herein is combined the Debian advisories for the same kernel bugs
   on both the mips and pa-risc platforms.

 4/5/2004 - interchange
   Missing input sanitation

   This vulnerability can be exploited by an attacker to expose the
   content of arbitrary variables.

 4/5/2004 - fte
   Multiple buffer overflow vulnerabilities

   This patch removes setuid root from vfte, which has a number of
   known buffer overflows.

 4/5/2004 - sysstat
   Insecure temporary file vulnerability

   As usual for temporary file vulnerabilities, this allows local
   users to read/overwrite arbitrary files with the permissions of
   the running user.

 4/5/2004 - oftpd
   Denial of service vulnerability

   A remote attacker could cause the oftpd process to crash by
   specifying a large value in a PORT command.

 4/5/2004 - squid
   ACL bypass vulnerability

   A URL can be crafted to be ignored (and automatically pass) by
   Squid's ACL system.

 4/6/2004 - heimdal
   Cross-realm impersonation vulnerability

   Patch fixes an error which allows someone with control over a
   realm to impersonate anyone in the cross-realm trust path.

 4/6/2004 - xine-ui Insecure temporary file vulnerability
   Cross-realm impersonation vulnerability

   Bug allows attacker to read/write arbitrary files with the
   permissions of the program user.

 4/7/2004 - tcpdump
   Denial of service vulnerability

   Crafted invalid ISAKMP packets can remotely crash tcpdump.

|  Distribution: Gentoo           | ----------------------------//

 4/6/2004 - Portage
   Insecure temporary file vulnerability

   Exploitation of this bug could allow an attacker to wipe out the
   contents of an arbitrary file.

 4/6/2004 - kde
   Buffer overflow vulnerability

   KDE-PIM may be vulnerable to a remote buffer overflow attack that
   may allow unauthorized access to an affected system.

 4/6/2004 - tcpdump
   Multiple buffer overflows

   Attacker could exploit this to execute arbitrary code with the
   permissions of the 'pcap' user.

 4/7/2004 - sysstat
   Multiple vulnerabilities

   Multiple vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to execute
   arbitrary code or overwrite arbitrary files.

 4/7/2004 - ipsec-tools Key non-verification vulnerability
   Multiple vulnerabilities

   racoon (a utility in the ipsec-tools package) does not verify
   digital signatures on Phase1 packets.

 4/7/2004 - util-linux Information leak vulnerability
   Multiple vulnerabilities

   Due to a pointer error, the 'login' program might leak sensitive

 4/7/2004 - ClamAV
   Denial of service vulnerability

   ClamAV is vulnerable to a denial of service attack when processing
   certain RAR archives.

 4/8/2004 - Automake
   Symbolic link vulnerability

   Automake may be vulnerable to a symbolic link attack which may
   allow an attacker to modify data or elevate their privileges.

|  Distribution: Mandrake         | ----------------------------//

 4/6/2004 - mplayer
   Buffer overflow vulnerability

   Exploitation could result in the execution of arbitrary code with
   the permissions of the user.

 4/7/2004 - fileutils/coreutils Denial of service vulnerability
   Buffer overflow vulnerability

   'ls' can be made to segfault upon listing directories with large
   numbers of files on an amd64 platform.

|  Distribution: Turbolinux       | ----------------------------//

 4/7/2004 - apache/httpd/libxml2/mod_python Multiple vulnerabilities
   Buffer overflow vulnerability

   Many fixes for buffer overflows and DOS attacks.

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