GLSA 200410-25: Netatalk: Insecure tempfile handling
Posted on: 10/25/2004 02:29 PM

A Netatalk security update has been released for Gentoo Linux

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200410-25
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: Netatalk: Insecure tempfile handling in etc2ps.sh
Date: October 25, 2004
Bugs: #66370
ID: 200410-25

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Synopsis
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The etc2ps.sh script, included in the Netatalk package, is vulnerable to symlink attacks, potentially allowing a local user to overwrite arbitrary files with the rights of the user running the utility.

Background
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Netatalk is a kernel level implementation of the AppleTalk Protocol Suite, which allows Unix hosts to act as file, print, and time servers for Apple computers. It includes several script utilities, including etc2ps.sh.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 net-fs/netatalk < 1.6.4-r1 >= 1.6.4-r1

Description
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The etc2ps.sh script creates temporary files in world-writeable directories with predictable names.

Impact
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A local attacker could create symbolic links in the temporary files directory, pointing to a valid file somewhere on the filesystem. When etc2ps.sh is executed, this would result in the file being overwritten with the rights of the user running the utility, which could be the root user.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All Netatalk users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge sync

# emerge -pv ">=net-fs/netatalk-1.6.4-r1"
# emerge ">=net-fs/netatalk-1.6.4-r1"

References
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[ 1 ] CAN-2004-0974
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CAN-2004-0974

Availability
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This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at the Gentoo Security Website:

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200410-25.xml

Concerns?
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Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2004 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0


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