Mandrake Linux Security Advisory : util-linux (MDKSA-2003:016)

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Synopsis :

The remote Mandrake Linux host is missing one or more security
updates.

Description :

The util-linux package provides the mcookie utility, a tool for
generating random cookies that can be used for X authentication. The
util-linux packages that were distributed with Mandrake Linux 8.2 and
9.0 had a patch that made it use /dev/urandom instead of /dev/random,
which resulted in the mcookie being more predictable than it would
otherwise be. This patch has been removed in these updates, giving
mcookie a better source of entropy and making the generated cookies
less predictable. Thanks to Dirk Mueller for pointing this out.

Solution :

Update the affected losetup, mount and / or util-linux packages.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 5.0
(CVSS2#AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:N/A:N)

Family: Mandriva Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 14001 (mandrake_MDKSA-2003-016.nasl)

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2003-0094

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