Bug 1181167 (CVE-2015-5700, CVE-2015-5701) - CVE-2015-5700 CVE-2015-5701 texlive: insecure use of /tmp in mktexlsr
Summary: CVE-2015-5700 CVE-2015-5701 texlive: insecure use of /tmp in mktexlsr
Alias: CVE-2015-5700, CVE-2015-5701
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Red Hat Product Security
QA Contact:
Depends On: 1181169
Blocks: 1225847
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2015-01-12 14:11 UTC by Vasyl Kaigorodov
Modified: 2019-09-29 13:26 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
It was discovered that the mktexlsr script of the texlive package creates temporary files in an insecure way. A local attacker could possibly use this flaw to perform a symbolic link attack and overwrite arbitrary files with the privileges of the user running mktexslr, or obtain sensitive information from the temporary files.
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2015-09-23 11:07:16 UTC

Attachments (Terms of Use)
mktexlsr.patch (334 bytes, text/plain)
2015-01-12 14:12 UTC, Vasyl Kaigorodov
no flags Details

Description Vasyl Kaigorodov 2015-01-12 14:11:20 UTC
It was reported [1] that mktexlsr script uses /tmp in an insecure way.
Part of original report:
This is how mktexlsr uses temporary files (with boring parts snipped):

# ...
while test $# -gt 0; do
   # ...
   (umask 077
   if echo "$1" >>"$treefile"; then :; else
     echo "$progname: $treefile: could not append to arg file, goodbye." >&2
     exit 1
   # ...

This is insecure because the filename is predictable and, more 
importantly, the program doesn't fail atomically if the file already 

Suggested patch is attached.

[1]: https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=775139

Comment 1 Vasyl Kaigorodov 2015-01-12 14:12:36 UTC
Created attachment 979176 [details]

Comment 2 Vasyl Kaigorodov 2015-01-12 14:13:02 UTC
Created texlive tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1181169]

Comment 3 Than Ngo 2015-04-01 13:16:45 UTC
do we have CVE id for this bug?

Comment 4 Fedora Update System 2015-05-10 23:38:05 UTC
texlive-2014-8.20140525_r34255.fc22 has been pushed to the Fedora 22 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

Comment 5 Fedora Update System 2015-05-12 20:38:02 UTC
texlive-2014-7.1.20140525_r34255.fc21 has been pushed to the Fedora 21 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

Comment 6 Vasyl Kaigorodov 2015-07-28 15:00:34 UTC
(In reply to Ngo Than from comment #3)
> do we have CVE id for this bug?

Have just requested one on oss-security. This BZ will be updated with the CVE ID once it's assigned.
This is how upstream fixed it:

--- texlive-bin.orig/texk/kpathsea/mktexlsr
+++ texlive-bin/texk/kpathsea/mktexlsr
@@ -73,7 +73,7 @@

+treefile=`mktemp --tmpdir mktexlsrtrees.XXXXXXXXXX` || exit 1

Comment 7 Martin Prpič 2015-07-30 14:47:28 UTC
MITRE assigned two CVEs, details here:


Comment 8 Vasyl Kaigorodov 2015-08-04 14:11:36 UTC
To clear things up.

CVE-2015-5700 is for the issue introduced by this commit (lines 69-72):

It looks like later at some point this was fixed to use "mktemp --tmpdir" (commit unknown), and CVE-2015-5701 was assigned to the issue introduced by this commit:

Comment 9 Stefan Cornelius 2015-08-06 13:05:53 UTC
Looks like this was introduced via:

Texlive for RHEL6 does not have this change yet and is not vulnerable.
Texlive for RHEL7, however, ships with this change and is vulnerable.

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