unexpected operator during "shared memory segments" check

Bug #1775939 reported by John Parejko on 2018-06-08
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Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
rkhunter (Debian)
Fix Released
rkhunter (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

rkhunter on Ubuntu 18.04 produces messages like the following:

/usr/bin/rkhunter: 14795: [: /usr/lib/firefox/firefox: unexpected operator

during its "shared memory segments" test. According to this rkhunter sourceforge message thread:


this bug was identified and fixed, but the minor version number wasn't updated. I think this can be solved by just updating the Ubuntu package.

François Marier (fmarier) wrote :

This is fixed in Debian package 1.4.6-2.

See https://sourceforge.net/p/rkhunter/patches/46/ for the patch that was applied in that version.

Changed in rkhunter (Debian):
status: Unknown → Fix Released
François Marier (fmarier) wrote :

I filed a sync request in bug 1776012 and in the meantime, I backported the latest Debian package into my PPA: https://launchpad.net/~fmarier/+archive/ubuntu/ppa?field.series_filter=bionic

Adam Funk (a-funk) wrote :

I am astounded that Canonical has let a bug in a security-related package languish for over a month.

Łukasz Zemczak (sil2100) wrote :

Currently there are over 29000 source packages in the Ubuntu archives for just bionic, most of which are in universe. It is *impossible* to timely manage all of those packages with the resources we have, which is why 'main' packages are the ones that we try to maintain for the most part. rkhunter is a package in *universe* so the MOTU team should be mainly responsible for taking care of its updates. Similarly, the SRU team also cannot always handle every incoming request instantly - we're doing what we can but there's just a lot of work in all packages of all components.
Remember it is not just 'Canonical'. Ubuntu is more than just 'Canonical'.

Adam Funk (a-funk) wrote :

Many of us would be more sympathetic if we hadn't watched Canonical squander resources on Unity for years. Maintaining security-related software ought to have a high priority.

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