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<glsa id="200411-17">
<title>mtink: Insecure tempfile handling</title>
mtink is vulnerable to symlink attacks, potentially allowing a local user
to overwrite arbitrary files with the rights of the user running the
<product type="ebuild">mtink</product>
<announced>November 09, 2004</announced>
<revised>May 22, 2006: 02</revised>
<package name="net-print/mtink" auto="yes" arch="*">
<unaffected range="ge">1.0.5</unaffected>
<vulnerable range="lt">1.0.5</vulnerable>
mtink is a status monitor and inkjet cartridge changer for some Epson
Tavis Ormandy from Gentoo Linux discovered that mtink uses insecure
permissions on temporary files.
<impact type="normal">
A local attacker could create symbolic links in the temporary files
directory, pointing to a valid file somewhere on the filesystem. When
mtink is executed, this would result in the file being overwritten with
the rights of the user running the utility, which could be the root
There is no known workaround at this time.
All mtink users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose &quot;&gt;=net-print/mtink-1.0.5&quot;</code>
<uri link="">CVE-2004-1110</uri>
<metadata tag="requester" timestamp="Mon, 8 Nov 2004 11:16:34 +0000">
<metadata tag="bugReady" timestamp="Mon, 8 Nov 2004 11:16:46 +0000">
<metadata tag="submitter" timestamp="Mon, 8 Nov 2004 21:01:51 +0000">