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Cscope: Insecure creation of temporary files


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200412-11 / cscope
Release Date December 16, 2004
Latest Revision December 16, 2004: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable local
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
dev-util/cscope < 15.5-r2 >= 15.5-r2 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #71595


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

2.  Impact Information


Cscope is a developer utility used to browse and manage source code.


Cscope creates temporary files in world-writable directories with predictable names.


A local attacker could create symbolic links in the temporary files directory, pointing to a valid file somewhere on the filesystem. When Cscope 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.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All Cscope users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-util/cscope-15.5-r2"

4.  References


Page updated December 16, 2004

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