Net-SNMP: fixproc insecure temporary file creation — GLSA 200505-18

Net-SNMP creates temporary files in an insecure manner, possibly allowing the execution of arbitrary code.

Affected Packages

net-analyzer/net-snmp on all architectures
Affected versions < 5.2.1-r1
Unaffected versions >= 5.2.1-r1

Background

Net-SNMP is a suite of applications used to implement the Simple Network Management Protocol.

Description

The fixproc application of Net-SNMP creates temporary files with predictable filenames.

Impact

A malicious local attacker could exploit a race condition to change the content of the temporary files before they are executed by fixproc, possibly leading to the execution of arbitrary code. A local attacker could also create symbolic links in the temporary files directory, pointing to a valid file somewhere on the filesystem. When fixproc is executed, this would result in the file being overwritten.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All Net-SNMP users should upgrade to the latest available version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=net-analyzer/net-snmp-5.2.1-r1"

References

Release Date
May 23, 2005

Latest Revision
May 22, 2006: 02

Severity
normal

Exploitable
local

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