eix: Insecure temporary file creation

2005-11-22T00:00:00
ID GLSA-200511-19
Type gentoo
Reporter Gentoo Foundation
Modified 2006-05-22T00:00:00

Description

Background

eix is a small utility for searching ebuilds with indexing for fast results.

Description

Eric Romang discovered that eix creates a temporary file with a predictable name. eix creates a temporary file in /tmp/eix.*.sync where * is the process ID of the shell running eix.

Impact

A local attacker can watch the process list and determine the process ID of the shell running eix while the "emerge --sync" command is running, then create a link from the corresponding temporary file to a system file, which would result in the file being overwritten with the rights of the user running the application.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All eix users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose app-portage/eix