mirrorselect is vulnerable to symlink attacks, potentially allowing a local user to overwrite arbitrary files.
|Package||app-portage/mirrorselect on all architectures|
|Affected versions||< 0.89|
|Unaffected versions||>= 0.89|
mirrorselect is a tool to help select distfiles mirrors for Gentoo.
Ervin Nemeth discovered that mirrorselect creates temporary files in world-writable directories with predictable names.
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.
There is no known workaround at this time.
All mirrorselect users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-portage/mirrorselect-0.89"
December 07, 2004
May 22, 2006: 04