Bug 20062 - upgraded /bin/mail cannot be used as mailreader
upgraded /bin/mail cannot be used as mailreader
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: mailx (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Florian La Roche
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2000-10-30 15:46 EST by Need Real Name
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:29 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-10-30 15:46:54 EST
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Description Need Real Name 2000-10-30 15:46:50 EST
/bin/mail which comes with the security upgraded mailx-8.1.1-16 for RH 5.2
seems to open the
/var/spool/mail/$USER readonly, and when it tries to delete or change the
flag on a message, 
it dumpes core.

Believe it or not, people still use /bin/mail as reader.
Comment 1 Derek Tattersall 2000-10-31 08:37:13 EST
I straced mailx on a 5.2 system with all applicable updates.  mailx was at
8.1.1-16.  /var/spool/mail/xxx was indeed opened O_RDONLY; however it was closed
and reopened O_WRONLY |  O_TRUNC.  Upon supplying d1 to the prompt the 1st and
only message was deleted.

Can't reproduce this bug.

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