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Home : Advisories : Updated usermode packages

Title: Updated usermode packages
Released by: Red Hat
Date: 29th August 2000
Printable version: Click here

                   Red Hat, Inc. Security Advisory

Synopsis:          Updated usermode packages.

Advisory ID:       RHSA-2000:053-02

Issue date:        2000-08-11

Updated on:        2000-08-29

Product:           Red Hat Linux

Keywords:          usermode shutdown

Cross references:  N/A


1. Topic:

Updated usermode packages are now available for Red Hat Linux 6.0, 6.1, and

6.2.  Updated SysVinit packages are also available for Red Hat Linux 6.0

and 6.1.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Linux 6.0 - i386, alpha, sparc

Red Hat Linux 6.1 - i386, alpha, sparc

Red Hat Linux 6.2 - i386, alpha, sparc

Red Hat Linux 6.2E - i386, alpha, sparc

3. Problem description:

The usermode package allows unprivileged users logged in at the system

console to run the halt, poweroff, reboot, and shutdown commands without

using the superuser's password.  The halt, poweroff, and reboot abilities

are useful, but an unprivileged user can also bring the system to

single-user mode by running "shutdown now" with no additional flags.  This

update removes the "shutdown" command from the list of commands

unprivileged users can run.

A previous revision of this errata notice did not include the SysVinit

package required to install the usermode errata on Red Hat Linux 6.0 and

6.1.  Those packages are now included.

4. Solution:

For each RPM for your particular architecture, run:

rpm -Fvh [filename]

where filename is the name of the RPM.

5. Bug IDs fixed (http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla for more info):

13768 - Auth dialogs show "Picture of a key" text instead of graphic

13616 - Missing icon.

12433 - /usr/sbin/userhelper not stripped

11006 - kppp either doesn't display locally or remotely

9746 - Local user can go into single mode only with shutdown now...

16694 - There is no offcial SysVinit update for 6.0, and the new usermode package you just came out with requires one newer than is available (officially).

16664 - typos in %changelog

16586 - Cannot change shell type in userinfo for either root or user

11706 - STDOUT applications fail to work with consolehelper

17050 - Gnome logout options missing after upgrade to new usermode rpm

8299 - kppp and userhelper breaks with X11 forwarding

6. RPMs required:

Red Hat Linux 6.0 and 6.1:













Red Hat Linux 6.2:









7. Verification:

MD5 sum                           Package Name


3310677ae7403c683e7947cd86b19344  6.2/SRPMS/SysVinit-2.78-5.src.rpm

4ee3323264cc733e82211813c69f9718  6.2/SRPMS/usermode-1.35-1.src.rpm

546bf7949c5be73b9f28b1819bfbd7c6  6.2/alpha/SysVinit-2.78-5.alpha.rpm

e09a45e6e2571b3ce76e6b84d78dd103  6.2/alpha/usermode-1.35-1.alpha.rpm

ca5b97a1abb47b64d71ef69ab96fcb8a  6.2/i386/SysVinit-2.78-5.i386.rpm

8c0f4c7489ac7084be4cd68b8161f83d  6.2/i386/usermode-1.35-1.i386.rpm

4dfeacb8db12af4b2666f2792e1027c1  6.2/sparc/SysVinit-2.78-5.sparc.rpm

ec0c0a9e57a3cd40d5641abb7932f29f  6.2/sparc/usermode-1.35-1.sparc.rpm

These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat, Inc. for security.  Our key

is available at:


You can verify each package with the following command:

    rpm --checksig  

If you only wish to verify that each package has not been corrupted or

tampered with, examine only the md5sum with the following command:

    rpm --checksig --nogpg 

8. References:


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