noweb: Insecure temporary file creation — GLSA 200602-14

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

Affected Packages

app-text/noweb on all architectures
Affected versions < 2.9-r5
Unaffected versions >= 2.9-r5

Background

noweb is a simple, extensible, and language independent literate programming tool.

Description

Javier Fernandez-Sanguino has discovered that the lib/toascii.nw and shell/roff.mm scripts insecurely create temporary files with predictable filenames.

Impact

A local attacker could create symbolic links in the temporary file directory, pointing to a valid file somewhere on the filesystem. When an affected script is called, this would result in the file being overwritten with the rights of the user running the script.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All noweb users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-text/noweb-2.9-r5"

References

Release Date
February 26, 2006

Latest Revision
February 26, 2006: 01

Severity
normal

Exploitable
local

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