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Esearch: Insecure temp file handling

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1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200407-01 / esearch
Release Date July 01, 2004
Latest Revision May 22, 2006: 02
Impact normal
Exploitable local
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
app-portage/esearch <= 0.6.1 >= 0.6.2 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #55424

Synopsis

The eupdatedb utility in esearch creates a file in /tmp without first checking for symlinks. This makes it possible for any user to create arbitrary files.

2.  Impact Information

Background

Esearch is a replacement for the Portage command "emerge search". It uses an index to speed up searching of the Portage tree.

Description

The eupdatedb utility uses a temporary file (/tmp/esearchdb.py.tmp) to indicate that the eupdatedb process is running. When run, eupdatedb checks to see if this file exists, but it does not check to see if it is a broken symlink. In the event that the file is a broken symlink, the script will create the file pointed to by the symlink, instead of printing an error and exiting.

Impact

An attacker could create a symlink from /tmp/esearchdb.py.tmp to a nonexistent file (such as /etc/nologin), and the file will be created the next time esearchdb is run.

3.  Resolution Information

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time. All users should upgrade to the latest available version of esearch.

Resolution

All users should upgrade to the latest available version of esearch, as follows:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge sync

# emerge -pv ">=app-portage/esearch-0.6.2"
# emerge ">=app-portage/esearch-0.6.2"

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