CVE Vulnerabilities

CVE-2008-4985

Improper Link Resolution Before File Access ('Link Following')

Published: Nov 06, 2008 | Modified: Aug 08, 2017
CVSS 3.x
N/A
Source:
NVD
CVSS 2.x
6.9 MEDIUM
AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C
RedHat/V2
RedHat/V3
Ubuntu

vdrleaktest in Video Disk Recorder (aka vdr-dbg or vdr) 1.6.0 allows local users to overwrite arbitrary files via a symlink attack on the /tmp/memleaktest.log temporary file.

Weakness

The software attempts to access a file based on the filename, but it does not properly prevent that filename from identifying a link or shortcut that resolves to an unintended resource.

Affected Software

Name Vendor Start Version End Version
Vdr Cadsoft 1.6.0 1.6.0
Vdr Ubuntu dapper *
Vdr Ubuntu gutsy *
Vdr Ubuntu hardy *
Vdr Ubuntu intrepid *
Vdr Ubuntu upstream *

Potential Mitigations

  • Follow the principle of least privilege when assigning access rights to entities in a software system.
  • Denying access to a file can prevent an attacker from replacing that file with a link to a sensitive file. Ensure good compartmentalization in the system to provide protected areas that can be trusted.

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