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Bug 42210 - ispell uses mktemp/fopen for tempfiles.
ispell uses mktemp/fopen for tempfiles.
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: ispell (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Trond Eivind Glomsrxd
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Reported: 2001-05-24 16:18 EDT by Jarno Huuskonen
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:38 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-05-30 14:45:11 EDT
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Patch for ispell to use mkstemp/fdopen (1.01 KB, patch)
2001-05-24 16:19 EDT, Jarno Huuskonen
no flags Details | Diff
Suggested patch for ispell to use mkstemp and convert some gets... (1.27 KB, patch)
2001-05-30 12:49 EDT, Trond Eivind Glomsrxd
no flags Details | Diff

External Trackers
Tracker ID Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Product Errata RHSA-2001:074 normal SHIPPED_LIVE : Updated ispell packages available for Red Hat Linux 5.2 and 6.2 2001-05-30 00:00:00 EDT

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Description Jarno Huuskonen 2001-05-24 16:18:01 EDT
Description of Problem:
Ispell uses mktemp/fopen for creating a temporary file. Because fopen
doesn't use O_EXCL this has a temp race.
(Also I noticed (w/strace) that ispell tries to unlink the tempfile twice)

Expected Results:
ispell should use mkstemp/fdopen to prevent the temp race.
(Also it might be a good idea to use TMPDIR (if available) instead of
Comment 1 Jarno Huuskonen 2001-05-24 16:19:37 EDT
Created attachment 19530 [details]
Patch for ispell to use mkstemp/fdopen
Comment 2 Trond Eivind Glomsrxd 2001-05-25 14:30:50 EDT
ispell 3.1.20-25.52 and 3.1.20-26 has this fix included...
Comment 3 Jarno Huuskonen 2001-05-25 15:09:06 EDT
sq.c and unsq.c use gets. OpenBSD has a patch for these (gets->fgets):

(They have also a patch for the mktemp that's a little shorter than the one I
Comment 4 Trond Eivind Glomsrxd 2001-05-29 16:46:02 EDT
I think I'll let the gets stay... is there any risk for doing anything but
crashing your own, nonsuid app?
Comment 5 Jarno Huuskonen 2001-05-30 00:57:55 EDT
Ispell bugs might matter when it's called from IMP-webmail for example. I
haven't checked if the gets are in ispell or in the helper applications (or if
they can be exploited at all) probably not a big deal.
Comment 6 Trond Eivind Glomsrxd 2001-05-30 12:48:27 EDT
Can you take a look at the attached patch? It's a mix of three of OpenBSD's patches
Comment 7 Trond Eivind Glomsrxd 2001-05-30 12:49:21 EDT
Created attachment 19971 [details]
Suggested patch for ispell to use mkstemp and convert some gets...
Comment 8 Jarno Huuskonen 2001-05-30 13:25:53 EDT
The patch looks good to me.
Comment 9 Trond Eivind Glomsrxd 2001-05-30 14:45:07 EDT
Preparing errata with the above patch...
Comment 10 Trond Eivind Glomsrxd 2001-06-06 11:01:59 EDT
The errata was released yesterday... thanks for your input.

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