Security Advisory Updated sysstat packages fix security vulnerabilities

Advisory: RHSA-2004:093-05
Type: Security Advisory
Severity: N/A
Issued on: 2004-03-10
Last updated on: 2004-03-10
Affected Products: Red Hat Linux 9
CVEs ( CVE-2004-0107


Updated sysstat packages that fix various bugs and a minor security issue
are now available.

Sysstat is a tool for gathering system statistics.

A bug was found in the Red Hat sysstat package post and trigger scripts,
which used insecure temporary file names. A local attacker could overwrite
system files using carefully-crafted symbolic links in the /tmp directory.
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project ( has
assigned the name CAN-2004-0107 to this issue.

Other issues addressed in this advisory include:

* iostat -x should return all partitions on the system (up to a maximum of

* sar should handle network device names with more than 8 characters properly

Users of sysstat should upgrade to these updated packages, which
contain patches to correct these issues.


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.

If up2date fails to connect to Red Hat Network due to SSL
Certificate Errors, you need to install a version of the
up2date client with an updated certificate. The latest version of
up2date is available from the Red Hat FTP site and may also be
downloaded directly from the RHN website:

Updated packages

Red Hat Linux 9

Missing file
    MD5: 53b2bdd79619a4407478ef9cae8fdd22
Missing file
    MD5: 3cc21e61f4aec6c820dc496cb476f834


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