GLSA 200804-11 policyd-weight: Insecure temporary file creation
Posted on: 04/11/2008 05:30 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - policyd-weight: Insecure temporary file creation. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200804-11
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: policyd-weight: Insecure temporary file creation
Date: April 11, 2008
Bugs: #214403
ID: 200804-11

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Synopsis
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policyd-weight uses temporary files in an insecure manner, allowing for
a symlink attack.

Background
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policyd-weight is a Perl policy daemon for the Postfix MTA intended to
eliminate forged envelope senders and HELOs.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 mail-filter/policyd-weight lt; 0.1.14.17 gt;= 0.1.14.17

Description
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Chris Howells reported that policyd-weight creates and uses the
"/tmp/.policyd-weight/" directory in an insecure manner.

Impact
======

A local attacker could exploit this vulnerability to delete arbitrary
files or change the ownership to the "polw" user via symlink attacks.

Workaround
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Set "$LOCKPATH = '/var/run/policyd-weight/'" manually in
"/etc/policyd-weight.conf".

Resolution
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All policyd-weight users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot -v "gt;=mail-filter/policyd-weight-0.1.14.17"

This version changes the default path for sockets to
"/var/run/policyd-weight", which is only writable by a privileged user.
Users need to restart policyd-weight immediately after the upgrade due
to this change.

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2008-1569
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-1569

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-200804-11.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 2008 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/2.5



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