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<glsa id="200410-10">
<title>gettext: Insecure temporary file handling</title>
The gettext utility is vulnerable to symlink attacks, potentially allowing
a local user to overwrite or change permissions on arbitrary files with the
rights of the user running gettext, which could be the root user.
<product type="ebuild">gettext</product>
<announced>October 10, 2004</announced>
<revised>May 22, 2006: 04</revised>
<package name="sys-devel/gettext" auto="yes" arch="*">
<unaffected range="ge">0.14.1-r1</unaffected>
<unaffected range="rge">0.12.1-r2</unaffected>
<vulnerable range="lt">0.14.1-r1</vulnerable>
gettext is a set of utilities for the GNU Translation Project which
provides a set of tools and documentation to help produce multi-lingual
messages in programs.
gettext insecurely creates temporary files in world-writeable
directories with predictable names.
<impact type="low">
A local attacker could create symbolic links in the temporary files
directory, pointing to a valid file somewhere on the filesystem. When
gettext is called, this would result in file access with the rights of
the user running the utility, which could be the root user.
There is no known workaround at this time.
All gettext users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose &quot;&gt;=sys-devel/gettext-0.14.1-r1&quot;</code>
<uri link="">BugTraq Advisory</uri>
<uri link="">CVE-2004-0966</uri>
<metadata tag="requester" timestamp="Sun, 10 Oct 2004 10:51:13 +0000">
<metadata tag="bugReady" timestamp="Sun, 10 Oct 2004 10:51:21 +0000">
<metadata tag="submitter" timestamp="Sun, 10 Oct 2004 21:46:28 +0000">