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SPE: Insecure file permissions


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200510-13 / spe
Release Date October 15, 2005
Latest Revision May 22, 2006: 02
Impact normal
Exploitable local
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
dev-util/spe < 0.7.5c-r1 >= 0.7.5c-r1, revision >= 0.5.1f-r1 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #108538


SPE files are installed with world-writeable permissions, potentially leading to privilege escalation.

2.  Impact Information


SPE is a cross-platform Python Integrated Development Environment (IDE).


It was reported that due to an oversight all SPE's files are set as world-writeable.


A local attacker could modify the executable files, causing arbitrary code to be executed with the permissions of the user running SPE.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All SPE users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose dev-util/spe

4.  References


Page updated October 15, 2005

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