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Noweb insecure temp file creation

Javier Fernandez-Sanguino has discovered that the lib/toascii.nw and shell/roff.mm scripts insecurely create temporary files with predictable filenames.

  • Vendor: Gentoo
  • Vendor ID: GLSA 200602-14
  • Date: February 26, 2006


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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200602-14
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: noweb: Insecure temporary file creation
Date: February 26, 2006
Bugs: #122705
ID: 200602-14

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

Background
==========

noweb is a simple, extensible, and language independent literate
programming tool.

Affected packages
=================

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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 app-text/noweb < 2.9-r5 >= 2.9-r5

Description
===========

Javier Fernandez-Sanguino has discovered that the lib/toascii.nw and
shell/roff.mm scripts insecurely create temporary files with
predictable filenames.

Impact
======

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

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All noweb users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-text/noweb-2.9-r5"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2005-3342
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2005-3342

Availability
============

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

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200602-14.xml

Concerns?
=========

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
[email protected] or alternatively, you may file a bug at
http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2006 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/2.0

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