[SECURITY] [DSA 279-1] New metrics packages fix insecure temporary file creation

Type debian
Reporter Debian
Modified 2003-04-07T00:00:00


Debian Security Advisory DSA 279-1 security@debian.org http://www.debian.org/security/ Martin Schulze April 7th, 2003 http://www.debian.org/security/faq

Package : metrics Vulnerability : insecure temporary file creation Problem-Type : local Debian-specific: no CVE Id : CAN-2003-0202

Paul Szabo and Matt Zimmerman discoverd two similar problems in metrics, a tools for software metrics. Two scripts in this package, "halstead" and "gather_stats", open temporary files without taking appropriate security precautions. "halstead" is installed as a user program, while "gather_stats" is only used in an auxiliary script included in the source code. These vulnerabilities could allow a local attacker to overwrite files owned by the user running the scripts, including root.

The stable distribution (woody) is not affected since it doesn't contain a metrics package anymore.

For the old stable distribution (potato) this problem has been fixed in version 1.0-1.1.

The unstable distribution (sid) is not affected since it doesn't contain a metrics package anymore.

We recommend that you upgrade your metrics package.

Upgrade Instructions

wget url will fetch the file for you dpkg -i file.deb will install the referenced file.

If you are using the apt-get package manager, use the line for sources.list as given below:

apt-get update will update the internal database apt-get upgrade will install corrected packages

You may use an automated update by adding the resources from the footer to the proper configuration.

Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 alias potato

Source archives:

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PowerPC architecture:

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Sun Sparc architecture:

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