Debian Security Advisory

DSA-486-1 cvs -- several vulnerabilities

Date Reported:
16 Apr 2004
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In the Bugtraq database (at SecurityFocus): BugTraq ID 10138, BugTraq ID 10140.
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2004-0180, CVE-2004-0405.
More information:

Two vulnerabilities have been discovered and fixed in CVS:

  • CAN-2004-0180

    Sebastian Krahmer discovered a vulnerability whereby a malicious CVS pserver could create arbitrary files on the client system during an update or checkout operation, by supplying absolute pathnames in RCS diffs.

  • CAN-2004-0405

    Derek Robert Price discovered a vulnerability whereby a CVS pserver could be abused by a malicious client to view the contents of certain files outside of the CVS root directory using relative pathnames containing "../".

For the current stable distribution (woody) these problems have been fixed in version 1.11.1p1debian-9woody2.

For the unstable distribution (sid), these problems will be fixed soon.

We recommend that you update your cvs package.

Fixed in:

Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (woody)

Intel IA-32:
Intel IA-64:
Motorola 680x0:
Big endian MIPS:
Little endian MIPS:
IBM S/390:
Sun Sparc:

MD5 checksums of the listed files are available in the original advisory.