sharutils: Insecure temporary file creation — GLSA 200504-06

The unshar utility is vulnerable to symlink attacks, potentially allowing a local user to overwrite arbitrary files.

Affected Packages

app-arch/sharutils on all architectures
Affected versions < 4.2.1-r11
Unaffected versions >= 4.2.1-r11

Background

sharutils is a collection of tools to deal with shar archives.

Description

Joey Hess has discovered that the program unshar, which is a part of sharutils, creates temporary files in a world-writable directory 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 unshar 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 sharutils users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-arch/sharutils-4.2.1-r11"

References

Release Date
April 06, 2005

Latest Revision
April 06, 2005: 01

Severity
normal

Exploitable
local

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