Bug 1271 - security issue mentioned in comp.risks 20.22
Summary: security issue mentioned in comp.risks 20.22
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: finger
Version: 5.2
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Crutcher Dunnavant
QA Contact:
Depends On:
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Reported: 1999-02-21 22:21 UTC by kevin lyda
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 1999-04-08 15:49:50 UTC

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Description kevin lyda 1999-02-21 22:21:47 UTC
Essentially it's possible to fill up the process table on a
machine by making repeated connections to the inetd invoked
finger daemon.

i've submitted a fix for this to the author mentioned in the
README file (dholland@hcs.harvard.edu).  in addition i
uploaded rpm's with this patch to incoming.redhat.com.
their names:


------- Email Received From  kevin lyda <kevin@suberic.net> 02/21/99 17:25 -------

------- Email Received From  kevin lyda <kevin@suberic.net> 02/21/99 17:25 -------

Comment 1 kevin lyda 1999-02-22 11:09:59 UTC
sorry, i didn't update the documentation.  this bug has been mentioned
in lwn.net by the way, so hopefully you can use this to get security
brownie points.  :)

the new files live on incoming.redhat.com, and they're called
finger-0.10-7.src.rpm and finger-0.10-7.i386.rpm.  it has the updated
man page, as well as a small tweak of the usage blurb.  also, dholland
is no longer the maintainer.  i've asked him who is, and i'll pass the
info back if you'd like.

Comment 2 Jeff Johnson 1999-04-08 15:49:59 UTC
Patch applied in finger-0.10-23. Thanks.

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