Advisories ยป MGASA-2015-0116

Updated setup package fixes security vulnerability

Publication date: 27 Mar 2015
Type: security
Affected Mageia releases : 4


An issue has been identified in Mageia 4's setup package where the
/etc/shadow and /etc/gshadow files containing password hashes were created
with incorrect permissions, making them world-readable (mga#14516).

This update fixes this issue by enforcing that those files are owned by
the root user and shadow group, and are only readable by those two entities.

Note that this issue only affected new Mageia 4 installations.  Systems
that were updated from previous Mageia versions were not affected.

UPDATE: This update has since been removed as it still created rpmnew files
        and allowed users to unintentionally remove existing users by applying
        it. A better fix has since been found and will be pushed separately