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gtkdiskfree: Insecure temporary file creation


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200510-01 / gtkdiskfree
Release Date October 03, 2005
Latest Revision October 03, 2005: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable local
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
app-admin/gtkdiskfree < 1.9.3-r1 >= 1.9.3-r1 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #104565


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

2.  Impact Information


gtkdiskfree is a GTK-based GUI to show free disk space.


Eric Romang discovered that gtkdiskfree insecurely creates a predictable temporary file to handle command output.


A local attacker could create a symbolic link in the temporary files directory, pointing to a valid file somewhere on the filesystem. When gtkdiskfree is executed, this would result in the file being overwritten with the rights of the user running the application.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All gtkdiskfree users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-admin/gtkdiskfree-1.9.3-r1"

4.  References


Page updated October 03, 2005

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