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|Posted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 9:26 pm Post subject: [ GLSA 200809-13 ] R: Insecure temporary file creation
|Gentoo Linux Security Advisory
Title: R: Insecure temporary file creation (GLSA 200809-13)
Date: September 22, 2008
R is vulnerable to symlink attacks due to an insecure usage of temporary files.
R is a GPL licensed implementation of S, a language and environment for statistical computing and graphics.
Vulnerable: < 2.7.1
Unaffected: >= 2.7.1
Architectures: All supported architectures
Dmitry E. Oboukhov reported that the "javareconf" script uses temporary files in an insecure manner.
A local attacker could exploit this vulnerability to overwrite arbitrary files with the privileges of the user running the application.
There is no known workaround at this time.
All R users should upgrade to the latest version:
|# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-lang/R-2.7.1"