Mandrake Linux Security Advisory : usermode (MDKSA-2003:031-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 14015


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


The /usr/bin/shutdown command that comes with the usermode package can be executed by local users to shutdown all running processes and drop into a root shell. This command is not really needed to shutdown a system, so it has been removed and all users are encouraged to upgrade. Please note that the user must have local console access in order to obtain a root shell in this fashion.

Update :

The previous updated packages did not properly fix the problem. The pam files that allow a (physically) local user to shutdown were not removed. This has been corrected.


Update the affected usermode and / or usermode-consoleonly packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 14015

File Name: mandrake_MDKSA-2003-031.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.14 $

Type: local

Published: 2004/07/31

Modified: 2013/05/31

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:usermode, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:usermode-consoleonly, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:8.1, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:8.2

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/cpu, Host/Mandrake/release, Host/Mandrake/rpm-list

Patch Publication Date: 2003/03/14

Reference Information

MDKSA: 2003:031-1