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|Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2005 10:15 am Post subject: [ GLSA 200501-33 ] MySQL: Insecure temporary file creation
|Gentoo Linux Security Advisory
Title: MySQL: Insecure temporary file creation (GLSA 200501-33)
Date: January 23, 2005
MySQL is vulnerable to symlink attacks, potentially allowing a local user to overwrite arbitrary files.
MySQL is a fast, multi-threaded, multi-user SQL database server.
Vulnerable: < 4.0.22-r2
Unaffected: >= 4.0.22-r2
Architectures: All supported architectures
Javier Fernandez-Sanguino Pena from the Debian Security Audit Project discovered that the 'mysqlaccess' script creates temporary files in world-writeable directories with predictable names.
A local attacker could create symbolic links in the temporary files directory, pointing to a valid file somewhere on the filesystem. When the mysqlaccess script is executed, this would result in the file being overwritten with the rights of the user running the software, which could be the root user.
There is no known workaround at this time.
All MySQL users should upgrade to the latest version:
|# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-db/mysql-4.0.22-r2"
Secunia Advisory SA13867
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