Perl: Insecure temporary file creation

2004-12-07T00:00:00
ID GLSA-200412-04
Type gentoo
Reporter Gentoo Foundation
Modified 2004-12-07T00:00:00

Description

Background

Perl is a stable, cross-platform programming language created by Larry Wall.

Description

Some Perl modules create temporary files in world-writable directories with predictable names.

Impact

A local attacker could create symbolic links in the temporary files directory, pointing to a valid file somewhere on the filesystem. When a Perl script is executed, this would result in the file being overwritten with the rights of the user running the utility, which could be the root user.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All Perl users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=perl-5.8.5-r2"