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gEDA: Insecure temporary file creation


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200903-08 / geda
Release Date March 07, 2009
Latest Revision March 07, 2009: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable local
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
sci-electronics/geda < 1.4.0-r1 >= 1.4.0-r1 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #247538


An insecure temporary file usage has been reported in gEDA, allowing for symlink attacks.

2.  Impact Information


gEDA is an Electronic Design Automation tool used for electrical circuit design.


Dmitry E. Oboukhov reported an insecure temporary file usage within the script.


A local attacker could perform symlink attacks to overwrite arbitrary files with the privileges of the user running the application.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All gEDA users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=sci-electronics/geda-1.4.0-r1"

4.  References


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