Symlink Vulnerability in GNU automake <1.8.3

From: Stefan Nordhausen (
Date: 03/08/04

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    Vulnerable: GNU automake <1.8.3
    Not Vulnerable: GNU automake 1.8.3
    Project website:

    Description of libtool (from website):
    "Automake is a tool for automatically generating `' files
    compliant with the GNU Coding Standards."

    The Makefiles generated by automake insecurely create temporary
    directories. Because the insecure code is inside the Makefile this bug
    can only be exploited during compile time.

    The bug original report with some more detail can be found at

    This vulnerability has been fixed in GNU automake 1.8.3 which is the
    current stable release. Programmers should update their automake
    packages and re-create their Makefiles if they were created using GNU

    Stefan Nordhausen

    If you put garbage in a computer nothing comes out but garbage. But this 
    garbage, having passed through a very expensive machine, is somehow 
    enobled and none dare criticize it.

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