Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 11936
plugger creates /tmp/ndebug or crashes (bus error)
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:55 EDT
When netscape is first started after plugger is installed, plugger creates
a /tmp/ndebug file wrere it puts some debugging output. If the file is
already exists and is not writable by user, netscape crashes with bus
This is a security issue since creating predictable file names in /tmp
without proper checking is always a bag idea. It also can be used as a sort
of DOS attack agains the user.
I believe that the proper solution would be to not create any files at all
- there is nothing really useful there, it may be interesting to have in
the debugging version of the plugin, but not in the prooduction one.
Bug #11467 also describes this problem, but there the user mistakenly
concluded that the bug disappeared after he upgraded to netscape 4.73. I
already have netscape-communicator-4.73-1, but the problem still exists. I
believe the problem "went away" for the reporter of bug #11467 simply
because tmpwatch finally removed /tmp/ndebug.
OK. Fixed it. It now doesn't define DEBUG at build time. A simple Makefile fix
:) If you have RPM 4.0 the fix should be available in rawhide the next time it
Don't you think that it's serious enough to warrant an update for 6.2, not only
a fix in Rawhide?
I'm actually working on getting an errata out for this right now, you're reading
my mind :)
Since the errata was released I am marking this as resolved.