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am-utils: Insecure temporary file creation



am-utils: Insecure temporary file creation
am-utils: Insecure temporary file creation



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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 200804-09
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  Severity: Normal
     Title: am-utils: Insecure temporary file creation
      Date: April 10, 2008
      Bugs: #210158
        ID: 200804-09

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Synopsis
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am-utils creates temporary files insecurely allowing local users to
overwrite arbitrary files via a symlink attack.

Background
=========
am-utils is a collection of utilities for use with the Berkeley
Automounter.

Affected packages
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     Package          /  Vulnerable  /                      Unaffected
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  1  net-fs/am-utils       < 6.1.5                            >= 6.1.5

Description
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Tavis Ormandy discovered that, when creating temporary files, the
'expn' utility does not check whether the file already exists.

Impact
=====
A local attacker could exploit the vulnerability via a symlink attack
to overwrite arbitrary files.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All am-utils users should upgrade to the latest version:

    # emerge --sync
    # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-fs/am-utils-6.1.5"

References
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  [ 1 ] CVE-2008-1078
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-1078 

Availability
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This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200804-09.xml 

Concerns?
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Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost
importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at 
http://bugs.gentoo.org. 

License
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Copyright 2008 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5 
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