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Home : Advisories : Updated usermode packages in Red Hat

Title: Updated usermode packages in Red Hat
Released by: Red Hat
Date: 11th August 2000
Printable version: Click here

                   Red Hat, Inc. Security Advisory

Synopsis:          Updated usermode packages.

Advisory ID:       RHSA-2000:053-01

Issue date:        2000-08-11

Updated on:        2000-08-11

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


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

needing to know the superuser's password.  While being able to halt,

poweroff, and reboot is a desirable thing, 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.

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...

6. RPMs required:

Red Hat Linux 6.0, 6.1, 6.2:









7. Verification:

MD5 sum                           Package Name


24f2766589d1a16ebcda912067173396  6.2/SRPMS/usermode-1.28-2.src.rpm

94423f4138477d9d47a055ed3c4b3648  6.2/alpha/usermode-1.28-2.alpha.rpm

b8f16bb02c4355a86183e268bd57ac74  6.2/i386/usermode-1.28-2.i386.rpm

e1c2b7626a905f64b03f48127e742259  6.2/sparc/usermode-1.28-2.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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