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<glsa id="200809-13">
<title>R: Insecure temporary file creation</title>
<synopsis>
R is vulnerable to symlink attacks due to an insecure usage of temporary
files.
</synopsis>
<product type="ebuild">R</product>
<announced>September 22, 2008</announced>
<revised>September 22, 2008: 01</revised>
<bug>235822</bug>
<access>local</access>
<affected>
<package name="dev-lang/R" auto="yes" arch="*">
<unaffected range="ge">2.7.1</unaffected>
<vulnerable range="lt">2.7.1</vulnerable>
</package>
</affected>
<background>
<p>
R is a GPL licensed implementation of S, a language and environment for
statistical computing and graphics.
</p>
</background>
<description>
<p>
Dmitry E. Oboukhov reported that the "javareconf" script uses temporary
files in an insecure manner.
</p>
</description>
<impact type="normal">
<p>
A local attacker could exploit this vulnerability to overwrite
arbitrary files with the privileges of the user running the
application.
</p>
</impact>
<workaround>
<p>
There is no known workaround at this time.
</p>
</workaround>
<resolution>
<p>
All R users should upgrade to the latest version:
</p>
<code>
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose &quot;&gt;=dev-lang/R-2.7.1&quot;</code>
</resolution>
<references>
<uri link="http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-3931">CVE-2008-3931</uri>
</references>
<metadata tag="requester" timestamp="Thu, 18 Sep 2008 21:52:27 +0000">
p-y
</metadata>
<metadata tag="bugReady" timestamp="Thu, 18 Sep 2008 22:01:59 +0000">
p-y
</metadata>
<metadata tag="submitter" timestamp="Fri, 19 Sep 2008 11:52:28 +0000">
p-y
</metadata>
</glsa>