mirrorselect: Insecure temporary file creation — GLSA 200412-05

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

Affected Packages

app-portage/mirrorselect on all architectures
Affected versions < 0.89
Unaffected versions >= 0.89

Background

mirrorselect is a tool to help select distfiles mirrors for Gentoo.

Description

Ervin Nemeth discovered that mirrorselect creates temporary files in world-writable directories with predictable names.

Impact

A local attacker could create symbolic links in the temporary files directory, pointing to a valid file somewhere on the filesystem. When mirrorselect is executed, this would result in the file being overwritten with the rights of the user running the utility, which could be the root user.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All mirrorselect users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-portage/mirrorselect-0.89"

References

Release Date
December 07, 2004

Latest Revision
May 22, 2006: 04

Severity
normal

Exploitable
local

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