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<glsa id="200709-04">
<title>po4a: Insecure temporary file creation</title>
A vulnerability has been discovered in po4a, allowing for a symlink attack.
<product type="ebuild">po4a</product>
<announced>September 13, 2007</announced>
<revised>September 13, 2007: 01</revised>
<package name="app-text/po4a" auto="yes" arch="*">
<unaffected range="ge">0.32-r1</unaffected>
<vulnerable range="lt">0.32-r1</vulnerable>
po4a is a set of tools for helping with the translation of
The po4a development team reported a race condition in the gettextize()
function when creating the file "/tmp/gettextization.failed.po".
<impact type="normal">
A local attacker could perform a symlink attack, possibly overwriting
files with the permissions of the user running po4a.
There is no known workaround at this time.
All po4a users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose &quot;&gt;=app-text/po4a-0.32-r1&quot;</code>
<uri link="">CVE-2007-4462</uri>
<metadata tag="requester" timestamp="Tue, 28 Aug 2007 20:28:00 +0000">
<metadata tag="bugReady" timestamp="Tue, 28 Aug 2007 20:28:12 +0000">
<metadata tag="submitter" timestamp="Sat, 08 Sep 2007 16:20:41 +0000">