GLSA 200505-14: Cheetah: Untrusted module search path
Posted on: 05/19/2005 04:47 PM

A Cheetah security update is available for Gentoo Linux

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200505-14
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: Cheetah: Untrusted module search path
Date: May 19, 2005
Bugs: #92926
ID: 200505-14

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Synopsis
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Cheetah contains a vulnerability in the module importing code that can allow a local user to gain escalated privileges.

Background
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Cheetah is a Python powered template engine and code generator.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 dev-python/cheetah lt; 0.9.17-rc1 gt;= 0.9.17-rc1

Description
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Brian Bird discovered that Cheetah searches for modules in the world-writable /tmp directory.

Impact
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A malicious local user could place a module containing arbitrary code in /tmp, which when imported would run with escalated privileges.

Workaround
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There are no known workarounds at this time.

Resolution
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All Cheetah users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=dev-python/cheetah-0.9.17-rc1"

References
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[ 1 ] Secunia Advisory SA15386
http://secunia.com/advisories/15386/

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-200505-14.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 2005 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/2.0


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