GLSA 200903-05 PDFjam: Multiple vulnerabilities
Posted on: 03/07/2009 06:30 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - PDFjam: Multiple vulnerabilities. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200903-05
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: PDFjam: Multiple vulnerabilities
Date: March 07, 2009
Bugs: #252734
ID: 200903-05

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Synopsis
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Multiple vulnerabilities in the PDFjam scripts allow for local
privilege escalation.

Background
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PDFjam is a small collection of shell scripts to edit PDF documents,
including pdfnup, pdfjoin and pdf90.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 app-text/pdfjam lt; 1.20-r1 gt;= 1.20-r1

Description
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* Martin Vaeth reported multiple untrusted search path
vulnerabilities (CVE-2008-5843).

* Marcus Meissner of the SUSE Security Team reported that temporary
files are created with a predictable name (CVE-2008-5743).

Impact
======

A local attacker could place a specially crafted Python module in the
current working directory or the /var/tmp directory, and entice a user
to run the PDFjam scripts, leading to the execution of arbitrary code
with the privileges of the user running the application. A local
attacker could also leverage symlink attacks to overwrite arbitrary
files.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All PDFjam users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=app-text/pdfjam-1.20-r1"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2008-5843
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-5843
[ 2 ] CVE-2008-5743
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-5743

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-200903-05.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 2009 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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