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Bug 85875 - Sendmail RPM upgrade overwrites /etc/mail/Makefile without backup
Summary: Sendmail RPM upgrade overwrites /etc/mail/Makefile without backup
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: sendmail
Version: 8.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Florian La Roche
QA Contact: David Lawrence
Depends On:
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Reported: 2003-03-10 03:19 UTC by Anthony Thyssen
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:51 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2003-03-26 10:35:12 UTC

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Description Anthony Thyssen 2003-03-10 03:19:58 UTC
Description of problem:

As per the recent spate of Cert Advisories I upgraded the sendmail on out
systems using the Redhat Sendmail RPM.

In the process, sendmail just over wrote the /etc/mail/Makefile without
checking for local modifications.  We heavily modifide this file to allow
us to install aliases, access and genertable items from a multiple-machine
database.  After patching it too a few days before the over-write was
and had to require a restoration from backups to recover our Makefile.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

For Rh7.2:  
  sendmail-8.11.6-23.72  A widely used Mail Transport Agent (MTA).
  sendmail-cf-8.11.6-23.72 The files needed to reconfigure Sendmail.

Presumabily for all sendmail RPM's

How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:
1.  Modify /etc/mail/Makefile
2.  Force a freasen of the sendmail rpm installation
3.  Makfile modification is gone!
Actual results:

No warning, file is just over written

Expected results:

The file /etc/mail/Mailfile should not have been over writen, instead the
installed version should have been placed in a  ".rpmnew" and a warning issued
just as RPM's do for other files (like  and

Additional info:

Comment 1 Florian La Roche 2003-03-26 10:35:12 UTC
The sendmail src.rpm has this correctly marked as %config file,
so this should be ok.


Florian La Roche

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