Symlink Vulnerability in GNU automake <1.8.3
From: Stefan Nordhausen (deletethis.nordhaus_at_informatik.hu-berlin.de)
Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 15:47:12 +0100 To: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vulnerable: GNU automake <1.8.3
Not Vulnerable: GNU automake 1.8.3
Project website: http://www.gnu.org/software/automake/
Description of libtool (from website):
"Automake is a tool for automatically generating `Makefile.in' 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
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