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[ale] Redhat and Fedora servers compromised

A very distressing announcement.
Be aware that this impacts CentOS servers as well. They have posted notice
of the updated openssh packages to re-secure the repositories.

On Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 3:04 PM, Bob Toxen <transam at verysecurelinux.com>wrote:

> "In an email sent to the fedora-announce mailing list, it has been
> revealed that both Fedora and Red Hat servers have been compromised
> <
> https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-announce-list/2008-August/msg00012.html>
> .
> As a result Fedora is changing their package signing key.  Red
> Hat has released a security advisory
> <https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2008-0855.html>  and a script to
> detect potentially compromised openssh packages
> <http://www.redhat.com/security/data/openssh-blacklist.html> ."
> Anyone running a Fedora or Red Hat Enterprise system where RPMs may have
> been
> installed recently, either automatically or manually, is at risk and should
> download Red Hat's tool to check for compromised RPMs.
> No doubt Microsoft will try to hype this.  Remember that Microsoft is
> forced
> to provide a patch for the equivalent of a remote root vulnerability that
> affects MOST
> customers almost weekly, in our opinion.
> This appears to be a fault in System Administration by Red Hat rather than
> a security bug in Linux, though not all the facts are in at this time.
> Linux still is far more secure and reliable than Microsoft.
> Bob Toxen
> bob at verysecurelinux.com               [Please use for email to me]
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James P. Kinney III
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