Linux applet bug was false alarm

Security observer admits errorProlific security advisory Web site Bug Traq has revealed that an alert issued yesterday concerning Linux XWindows applet xmonisdn was a false alarm.

A spokesperson from Bug Traq explains the error saying, "We have decided this was a false report. The only reason the vulnerability appeared to exist was because the user executed the program as root to begin with. We have since removed this vulnerability from our database."

The xmonisdn applet is packaged with Debian GNU/Linux and Red Hat, and this latest development will come as a particular relief for the folks at Red Hat after recently having to fix problems that have existed in the distribution since version 4.X.