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Netwosix alert NW-2004-0011 (cvs)

From:  Vincenzo Ciaglia <>
Subject:  LNSA-#2004-0011: CVS Server and Client Vulnerabilities
Date:  Sun, 18 Apr 2004 16:50:23 +0200

-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 ************************************************************************************ Netwosix Linux Security Advisory #2004-0011 <> - ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Package name: cvs Summary: client and server vulnerabilities Date: 2004-04-18 Affected versions: Netwosix 1.0 Netwosix 1.1 ************************************************************************************ - - -> Package description: - - ------------------------ CVS is the Concurrent Versions System, the dominant open-source network-transparent version control system. CVS is useful for everyone from individual developers to large, distributed teams: * Its client-server access method lets developers access the latest code from anywhere there's an Internet connection. * Its unreserved check-out model to version control avoids artificial conflicts common with the exclusive check-out model. * Its client tools are available on most platforms. - - -> Problem description: - - ------------------------ SERVER SECURITY ISSUES * Piped checkouts of paths above $CVSROOT no longer work. Previously, clients could have requested the contents of RCS archive files anywhere on a CVS server. CLIENT SECURITY ISSUES * Clients now check paths from the server to verify that they are within one of the sandboxes the user requested be updated. Previously, a trojan server could have written or overwritten files anywhere the user had access, presenting a serious security risk. - - -> Action: - - ------------------------ We recommend that all systems with this package installed be upgraded. Please note that if you do not need the functionality provided by this package, you may want to remove it from your system. - - -> Location: - - --------------------- You can download the latest version of this package in NEPOTE format from: <> - - -> Nepote Update: - - --------------------- See this instructions to update the port of this package: # wget # sh nepote (to install the new and updated package) - - -> References - - --------------------- Specific references for this advisory: - - -> About Linux Netwosix: - - --------------------------------- Linux Netwosix is a powerful and optimized Linux distribution for servers and Network Security related jobs. It can also be used for special operations such as penetration testing with its big collection of security oriented software and sources. It's a light distribution created for the requirements of every SysAdmin and it's very portable and highly configurable. Our philosophy is to give greater liberty for configuration to the SysAdmin. Only in this way can he/she configure a powerful and stable server machine. Linux Netwosix also has a powerful ports system (Nepote) similar to the xBSD systems but more flexible and usable. - - -> Questions? - - --------------------- Check out our mailing lists: <> The advisory itself is available at <> - - -------------------------------------------------- MD5sums of the packages: - - - -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ae866e2b76bb6322846679019209247d 0011/nepote 63873ed6ae942b298cf1db15c85ea22e 0011/cvs-1.11.15.tar.bz2 - - - -------------------------------------------------------------------------- - -- Vincenzo Ciaglia Linux Netwosix Team - [ Keyid: 0x6BB3E24A] Key fingerprint = 4B3E A25F 2A7A 0C19 1A97 616B EA3C FDA4 6BB3 E24A -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v1.2.4 (GNU/Linux) iD8DBQFAgpWy6jz9pGuz4koRArsXAKCHcDyfPhzbeOJylTPaMd7VC0jzCgCbBdzg ORZ5Bky2FKor8iA599tII+Y= =CYXC -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----

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re: Netwosix security update to cvs

Posted Apr 19, 2004 12:56 UTC (Mon) by gvy (guest, #11981) [Link]

I apologise, but is it worth transferring every spam on bugtraq (including SCO's and this kind of profanity) here?

Sorry for being harsh but my attitude to projects which cry a lot but do a bit *is* quite that, and Vincenzo seems not to understand what it means to be a Linux distribution these days. With silly things like wayward permissions on published tarballs, I'd *not* recommend anyone to follow the project just to help it survive. Heck, we already have quite a few distros with enough versatility to manage and to choose from.

Again, I believe that people who do that silly mistakes should educate themselves and (better yet) participate in more mature projects -- and definitely *not* try to start their own. Even then, lying like this:

"Linux Netwosix is a powerful and optimized Linux distribution for servers
and Network Security related jobs."

can't be acceptable.

Again, sorry for being harsh but Vincenzo apparently defended His Own Distro (tm) without taking the care to remove false sentiments from his continued spam on bugtraq. And even didn't thank for bugreports *yuk*.

Michael Shigorin,
in quite grumpy mood influenced by such moodax

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