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Mercurial: Directory traversal


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200807-09 / mercurial
Release Date July 15, 2008
Latest Revision July 15, 2008: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
dev-util/mercurial < 1.0.1-r2 >= 1.0.1-r2 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #230193


A directory traversal vulnerability in Mercurial allows for the renaming of arbitrary files.

2.  Impact Information


Mercurial is a distributed Source Control Management system.


Jakub Wilk discovered a directory traversal vulnerabilty in the applydiff() function in the mercurial/ file.


A remote attacker could entice a user to import a specially crafted patch, possibly resulting in the renaming of arbitrary files, even outside the repository.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All Mercurial users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-util/mercurial-1.0.1-r2"

4.  References


Page updated July 15, 2008

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