Bug 460435 (CVE-2008-4191)

Summary: CVE-2008-4191 emacspeak: Insecure auxiliary /tmp file usage (symlink attack possible)
Product: [Other] Security Response Reporter: Jan Lieskovsky <jlieskov>
Component: vulnerabilityAssignee: Red Hat Product Security <security-response-team>
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Description Jan Lieskovsky 2008-08-28 09:57:09 UTC
The emacspeak package as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, 4 and 5
and as shipped within Fedora releases 8, 9 and 10 is prone to the symlink
attack.

Affected file: /usr/share/emacs/site-lisp/emacspeak/etc/extract-table.pl

Relevant part of the code:

 44 my $output = new FileHandle (">  /tmp/$task.csv");
 45 my ($ts,$row);
 46 foreach $ts ($te->table_states) {
 47           foreach $row ($ts->rows) {
 48              $output->print ( join(',', @$row), "\n");
 49           }
 50         }
 51 
 52 $output->close();


Explanation:

A malicious user could precreate a symlink pointing to the file /tmp/extract-table.csv, then run the 'emacspeak' command with such
a syntax, that would call the 'extract-table.pl' script. This could
allow him to destroy the target of the symlink.

References:

http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=496374 (part for emacspeak)

Comment 4 Vincent Danen 2015-02-17 15:27:45 UTC
Statement:

Red Hat Product Security has rated this issue as having Low security impact. This issue is not currently planned to be addressed in future updates. For additional information, refer to the Issue Severity Classification: https://access.redhat.com/security/updates/classification/.