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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2005 5:23 pm    Post subject: [ GLSA 200510-04 ] Texinfo: Insecure temporary file creation Reply with quote

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Title: Texinfo: Insecure temporary file creation (GLSA 200510-04)
Severity: normal
Exploitable: local
Date: October 05, 2005
Bug(s): #106105
ID: 200510-04

Synopsis

Texinfo is vulnerable to symlink attacks, potentially allowing a local user to overwrite arbitrary files.

Background

Texinfo is the official documentation system created by the GNU project.

Affected Packages

Package: sys-apps/texinfo
Vulnerable: < 4.8-r1
Unaffected: >= 4.8-r1
Architectures: All supported architectures


Description

Frank Lichtenheld has discovered that the "sort_offline()" function in texindex insecurely creates temporary files with predictable filenames.

Impact

A local attacker could create symbolic links in the temporary files directory, pointing to a valid file somewhere on the filesystem. When texindex is executed, this would result in the file being overwritten with the rights of the user running the application.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All Texinfo users should upgrade to the latest version:
Code:
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=sys-apps/texinfo-4.8-r1"


References

CAN-2005-3011


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