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sandbox: Insecure temporary file handling


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200507-22 / sandbox
Release Date July 25, 2005
Latest Revision August 11, 2005: 02
Impact low
Exploitable local
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
sys-apps/sandbox < 1.2.11 >= 1.2.11 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #96782


The sandbox utility may create temporary files in an insecure manner.

2.  Impact Information


sandbox is a Gentoo Linux utility used by the Portage package management system.


The Gentoo Linux Security Audit Team discovered that the sandbox utility was vulnerable to multiple TOCTOU (Time of Check, Time of Use) file creation race conditions.


Local users may be able to create or overwrite arbitrary files with the permissions of the root user.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All sandbox users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=sys-apps/sandbox-1.2.11"

4.  References


Page updated July 25, 2005

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