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1.213.  sudo

1.213.1.  RHSA-2009:0267: Moderate security update

Important

This update has already been released (prior to the GA of this release) as the security errata RHSA-2009:0267
An updated sudo package to fix a security issue is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.
This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.
The sudo (superuser do) utility allows system administrators to give certain users the ability to run commands as root with logging.
A flaw was discovered in a way sudo handled group specifications in "run as" lists in the sudoers configuration file. If sudo configuration allowed a user to run commands as any user of some group and the user was also a member of that group, sudo incorrectly allowed them to run defined commands with the privileges of any system user. This gave the user unintended privileges. (CVE-2009-0034)
Users of sudo should update to this updated package, which contains a backported patch to resolve this issue.

1.213.2.  RHBA-2009:0438: bug fix update

Note

This update has already been released (prior to the GA of this release) as FASTRACK errata RHBA-2009:0438
An updated sudo package that fixes one bug is now available.
The sudo (superuser do) utility allows system administrators to give certain users the ability to run commands as root with logging.
This updated sudo package fixes the following bug:
  • sudo was unable to send email updates concerning sudo actions because "mailerflags" and "mailerpath" were not set. Sudo had to be recompiled with sendmail installed in the build environment to enable the auto-configuration system guess the right default values for "mailerflags" and "mailerpath". This update has compiled in default values for "mailerflags" and "mailerpath" and sudo is now able to send email about sudo actions after install.
All users of sudo are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which resolves this issue.

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