[ GLSA 200505-14 ] Cheetah: Untrusted module search path

From: Sune Kloppenborg Jeppesen (jaervosz_at_gentoo.org)
Date: 05/19/05

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    Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200505-14
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      Severity: Normal
         Title: Cheetah: Untrusted module search path
          Date: May 19, 2005
          Bugs: #92926
            ID: 200505-14

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    Synopsis
    ========

    Cheetah contains a vulnerability in the module importing code that can
    allow a local user to gain escalated privileges.

    Background
    ==========

    Cheetah is a Python powered template engine and code generator.

    Affected packages
    =================

        -------------------------------------------------------------------
         Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
        -------------------------------------------------------------------
      1 dev-python/cheetah < 0.9.17-rc1 >= 0.9.17-rc1

    Description
    ===========

    Brian Bird discovered that Cheetah searches for modules in the
    world-writable /tmp directory.

    Impact
    ======

    A malicious local user could place a module containing arbitrary code
    in /tmp, which when imported would run with escalated privileges.

    Workaround
    ==========

    There are no known workarounds at this time.

    Resolution
    ==========

    All Cheetah users should upgrade to the latest version:

        # emerge --sync
        # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-python/cheetah-0.9.17-rc1"

    References
    ==========

      [ 1 ] Secunia Advisory SA15386
            http://secunia.com/advisories/15386/

    Availability
    ============

    This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
    the Gentoo Security Website:

      http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200505-14.xml

    Concerns?
    =========

    Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
    confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost
    importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
    security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at
    http://bugs.gentoo.org.

    License
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    Copyright 2005 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
    belongs to its owner(s).

    The contents of this document are licensed under the
    Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0

    
    



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