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po4a: Insecure temporary file creation



po4a: Insecure temporary file creation
po4a: Insecure temporary file creation




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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 200709-04
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  Severity: Normal
     Title: po4a: Insecure temporary file creation
      Date: September 13, 2007
      Bugs: #189440
        ID: 200709-04

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Synopsis
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A vulnerability has been discovered in po4a, allowing for a symlink
attack.

Background
=========
po4a is a set of tools for helping with the translation of
documentation.

Affected packages
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     Package        /  Vulnerable  /                        Unaffected
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  1  app-text/po4a      < 0.32-r1                           >= 0.32-r1

Description
==========
The po4a development team reported a race condition in the gettextize()
function when creating the file "/tmp/gettextization.failed.po".

Impact
=====
A local attacker could perform a symlink attack, possibly overwriting
files with the permissions of the user running po4a.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
=========
All po4a users should upgrade to the latest version:

    # emerge --sync
    # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-text/po4a-0.32-r1"

References
=========
  [ 1 ] CVE-2007-4462
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2007-4462 

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-200709-04.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
security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at 
http://bugs.gentoo.org. 

License
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Copyright 2007 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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