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OpenLDAP: Insecure usage of /tmp during installation


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200701-19 / openldap
Release Date January 23, 2007
Latest Revision March 11, 2007: 02
Impact low
Exploitable local
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
net-nds/openldap < 2.1.30-r10, < 2.2.28-r7, < 2.3.30-r2 >= 2.1.30-r10, >= 2.2.28-r7, >= 2.3.30-r2 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #159508


A shell script commonly released with OpenLDAP makes insecure usage of files in /tmp during the emerge process.

2.  Impact Information


OpenLDAP Software is an open source implementation of the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol.


Tavis Ormandy of the Gentoo Linux Security Team has discovered that the file distributed with the Gentoo ebuild for OpenLDAP does not exit upon the existence of a directory in /tmp during installation allowing for directory traversal.


A local attacker could create a symbolic link in /tmp and potentially overwrite arbitrary system files upon a privileged user emerging OpenLDAP.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All OpenLDAP users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "net-nds/openldap"

4.  References


Page updated January 23, 2007

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