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DBSA ID: 2013-0004

Regarding: Debian-Multimedia repository potential for compromise

Writeup: Kradorex Xeron (talk) 02:23, 15 June 2013 (EDT)

Date: 2013 06 15

Last Modified: 20130615013737 by Kradorex Xeron

Who should take note: Debian (and derivative) Users and System Administrators


Priority: HIGH

Rationale: The domain name may be misused at any point to attempt to hijack the systems updating against the repository.

Severity: LOW

Rationale: There has been no observed impact, but the network hosting the current 'debian-multimedia.org' domain is a potential risk for misuse of the domain name.

Spread of Issue: LIMITED MEDIUM

Rationale: Considering that 'debian-multimedia' is not a core repository of Debian installations and most derivatives thereof, the spread does not qualify for a "HIGH" rating, but is increased due to the high usage of the packages serviced by the repository.


The domain name debian-multimedia.org that supports a widely used unofficial software repository, 'debian-multimedia' has had its domain name taken over by a party unrelated to the Debian project in any official or unofficial capacity. The project has thus moved to the domain name deb-multimedia.org

Technical Details

There is no technical details to discuss in this advisory.


Those affected are advised to visit http://deb-multimedia.org and install the new location of the repository and remove the old, 'debian-multimedia.org' repository from apt configuration.

It is advised to treat the 'debian-multimedia.org' domain name as compromised and audit for any transfers performed.