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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:26 pm    Post subject: [ GLSA 200901-14 ] Scilab: Insecure temporary file usage Reply with quote

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Title: Scilab: Insecure temporary file usage (GLSA 200901-14)
Severity: normal
Exploitable: local
Date: January 21, 2009
Bug(s): #245922
ID: 200901-14

Synopsis

An insecure temporary file usage has been reported in Scilab, allowing for symlink attacks.

Background

Scilab is a scientific software package for numerical computations.

Affected Packages

Package: sci-mathematics/scilab
Vulnerable: < 4.1.2-r1
Unaffected: >= 4.1.2-r1
Architectures: All supported architectures


Description

Dmitry E. Oboukhov reported an insecure temporary file usage within the scilink, scidoc and scidem scripts.

Impact

A local attacker could perform symlink attacks to overwrite arbitrary files with the privileges of the user running the application.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All Scilab users should upgrade to the latest version:
Code:
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=sci-mathematics/scilab-4.1.2-r1"


References

CVE-2008-4983
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