[Full-Disclosure] LNSA-#2004-0009: GNU Automake symbolic link vulnerability

From: Vincenzo Ciaglia (ciaglia_at_netwosix.org)
Date: 04/08/04

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    Netwosix Linux Security Advisory #2004-0009 <http://www.netwosix.org>
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    Package name:     automake
    Summary:           Automake symbolic link vulnerability
    Date:                 2004-04-08
    Affected versions:  Netwosix 1.0
                          Netwosix 1.1

    - - -> Package description:
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     Automake is a tool for automatically generating `Makefile.in' files compliant
    with the GNU Coding Standards. Automake requires the use of GNU Autoconf.

    - - -> Problem description:
    - - ------------------------

    Automake may be vulnerable to a symbolic link attack which may allow an
    attacker to modify data or escalate their privileges. This is due to
    the insecure way Automake creates directories during compilation. An
    attacker may be able to create symbolic links in the place of files
    contained in the affected directories, which may potentially lead to
    elevated privileges due to modification of data.

    - - -> Action:
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      We recommend that all systems with this package installed be upgraded.
      Please note that if you do not need the functionality provided by this
      package, you may want to remove it from your system.

    - - -> Location:
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      You can download the latest version of this package in NEPOTE format from:

    - - -> Nepote Update
    - - ---------------------

    See this instructions to update the port of this package:

            # cd /usr/ports/
            # wget http://download.netwosix.org/0009/nepote
            # sh nepote (to install the new and updated package)

    - - -> References
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            Specific references for this advisory:

    - - -> About Linux Netwosix:
    - - ---------------------------------
    Linux Netwosix is a powerful and optimized Linux distribution for servers
    and Network Security related jobs.  It can also be used for special operations
    such as penetration testing with its big collection of security oriented
    software and sources. It's a light distribution created for the requirements
    of every SysAdmin and it's very portable and highly configurable. Our
    philosophy is to give greater liberty for  configuration to the SysAdmin.
    Only in this way can he/she configure a powerful and stable server machine.
    Linux Netwosix also has a powerful ports system (Nepote) similar to the xBSD
    systems but more flexible and usable.

    - - -> Questions?
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      The advisory itself is available at
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    MD5sums of the packages:
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    e9aba8cfdc7276a15d261feab8a54e09  0009/nepote
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    Vincenzo Ciaglia - Linux Netwosix Security Advisories
    <ciaglia@netwosix.org> - <http://www.netwosix.org>
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