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TRAMP: Insecure temporary file creation


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200710-22 / tramp
Release Date October 20, 2007
Latest Revision December 30, 2007: 02
Impact normal
Exploitable local
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
app-emacs/tramp < 2.1.10-r2 >= 2.1.10-r2, < 2.1 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #194713


The TRAMP package for GNU Emacs insecurely creates temporary files.

2.  Impact Information


TRAMP is a remote file editing package for GNU Emacs, a highly extensible and customizable text editor.


Stefan Monnier discovered that the tramp-make-tramp-temp-file() function creates temporary files in an insecure manner.


A local attacker could create symbolic links in the directory where the temporary files are written, pointing to a valid file somewhere on the filesystem that is writable by the user running TRAMP. When TRAMP writes the temporary file, the target valid file would then be overwritten with the contents of the TRAMP temporary file.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All TRAMP users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-emacs/tramp-2.1.10-r2"

4.  References


Page updated October 20, 2007

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