Security Advisory up2date improperly checks GPG signature of packages

Advisory: RHSA-2003:255-07
Type: Security Advisory
Severity: N/A
Issued on: 2003-08-08
Last updated on: 2003-08-08
Affected Products: Red Hat Linux 8.0
Red Hat Linux 9
CVEs ( CVE-2003-0546


Updated up2date packages for Red Hat Linux 8.0 and 9 fix RPM GPG signature

The Red Hat Update Agent, up2date, automatically queries the Red Hat
Network servers and determines which packages need to be updated on
your machine.

up2date versions 3.0.7 and 3.1.23 incorrectly check RPM GPG signatures.
These are the versions found in Red Hat Linux 8.0 and 9.

This bug allows packages which have no GPG signature to be installed by
up2date if they are provided by the Red Hat Network servers. The intended
behaviour is that only packages signed with the Red Hat package signing key
will be installed.

For an attacker to make use of this flaw, they would have to make unsigned
packages appear on the Red Hat Network. Connections to the Red Hat Network
servers are authenticated and verified by the use of SSL, so it is not
possible to intercept the connection to Red Hat Network servers and give
unsigned packages. To make use of this flaw, an attacker would
have to compromise the Red Hat Network servers at Red Hat.

Because of these factors, the risk of exploiting this bug is low. However,
we advise that all users of up2date update to these erratum packages.

Note that all other variations of package signature checks work

The fix was to change the code so that packages with no GPG signature
are rejected in the same way as those with bad GPG signatures (the
up2date client refuses to install them).

Red Hat would like to thank Barry Nathan for finding and reporting this error.


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.

Updated packages

Red Hat Linux 8.0

File outdated by:  RHSA-2003:267
    MD5: 606193c00a7fb419b4952b68f1245082
File outdated by:  RHSA-2003:267
    MD5: be91944cf454244846a96b94a3efaa74
File outdated by:  RHSA-2003:267
    MD5: 0adeb9cf7fff1754d183894fa40111bc
Red Hat Linux 9

File outdated by:  RHSA-2003:267
    MD5: 99d3b05223b596cf8d949c27b48e2ebd
File outdated by:  RHSA-2003:267
    MD5: c6e89c3f118b5734a34d7275d8156596
File outdated by:  RHSA-2003:267
    MD5: bf0b79cfeaaa6ed947609a27da5c2d65



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