Mandrake Linux Security Advisory : apache (MDKSA-2002:039-2)
High Nessus Plugin ID 14778
SynopsisThe remote Mandrake Linux host is missing one or more security updates.
Description[ Please note that this advisory supersedes the previous MDKSA-2002:039 and MDKSA-2002:039-1 advisories. ]
MandrakeSoft is urging all users of Mandrake Linux to update their Apache installations immediately. What was previously thought to have been a DoS-only condition has now been proven to be more than that;
exploitable conditions have been discovered on both 32bit and 64bit platforms. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may lead to the execution of arbitary code on the server running a vulnerable Apache with the permissions of the web server child process (on Mandrake Linux this is the user 'apache'). This can be used to exploit other vulnerabilities that are unrelated to Apache on the local system, and potentially allow the intruder root access.
Thanks to Gobbles for proving that this exploitable condition exists.
Because there are known exploits in the wild for some platforms, this update should be considered essential and should be performed immediately.
All versions of Apache prior to 1.3.26 and 2.0.37 are vulnerable to this problem. MandrakeSoft has provided patched versions of Apache to correct this vulnerability.
Also please note that these packages are no different than those provided in MDKSA-2002:039-1 so if you have already updated, there are no new packages to upgrade.
SolutionUpdate the affected packages.