lm_sensors: Insecure temporary file creation — GLSA 200508-19

lm_sensors is vulnerable to linking attacks, potentially allowing a local user to overwrite arbitrary files.

Affected Packages

sys-apps/lm_sensors on all architectures
Affected versions < 2.9.1-r1
Unaffected versions >= 2.9.1-r1

Background

lm_sensors is a software package that provides drivers for monitoring the temperatures, voltages, and fans of Linux systems with hardware monitoring devices.

Description

Javier Fernandez-Sanguino Pena has discovered that lm_sensors insecurely creates temporary files with predictable filenames when saving configurations.

Impact

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

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All lm_sensors users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=sys-apps/lm_sensors-2.9.1-r1"

References

Release Date
August 30, 2005

Latest Revision
August 30, 2005: 01

Severity
normal

Exploitable
local

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