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[Attention!!] Ubuntu users.. critical security notice!!

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Satissh S

No this aint that Ubuntu bug no 1 joke.. :p

Thanks to gnurag for the info, there seems to be a CRITICAL bug in the ubuntu installer of 5.10 breezy related to passwd and sudo..
According to the,
Ubuntu Security Notice USN-262-1 March 12, 2006
Ubuntu Security Notice USN-262-1 March 12, 2006
Ubuntu 5.10 installer vulnerability

A security issue affects the following Ubuntu releases:

Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger)

The following packages are affected:


The problem can be corrected by upgrading the affected package to
version 2.67ubuntu20 (base-config) and 1:4.0.3-37ubuntu8 (passwd). In
general, a standard system upgrade is sufficient to effect the
necessary changes.

Details follow:

Karl Øie discovered that the Ubuntu 5.10 installer failed to clean
passwords in the installer log files. Since these files were
world-readable, any local user could see the password of the first
user account, which has full sudo privileges by default.

The updated packages remove the passwords and additionally make the
log files readable only by root.

This does not affect the Ubuntu 4.10, 5.04, or the upcoming 6.04
installer. However, if you upgraded from Ubuntu 5.10 to the current
development version of Ubuntu 6.04 ('Dapper Drake'), please ensure
that you upgrade the passwd package to version 1:4.0.13-7ubuntu2 to
fix the installer log files.

Source: http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-262-1

So update passwd package to version 1:4.0.13-7ubuntu2 if u havent already.. :|


FooBar Guy
Also, delete this file:
from your system as it contains first user's password in plain text, and considering the fact that this file is world readable and first user has full sudo access... this is a security risk for public computers.

$ grep "passwd/user-password" /var/log/installer/cdebconf/questions.dat
gives up the password.
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