CVE Vulnerabilities

CVE-2008-4997

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

Published: Nov 07, 2008 | Modified: Nov 10, 2008
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

** DISPUTED ** dfxml-invoice in datafreedom-perl 0.1.7 allows local users to overwrite arbitrary files via a symlink attack on the /tmp/zenity temporary file. NOTE: the vendor disputes this vulnerability, stating that the vector is solely an EXAMPLE used in the manpage.

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
Datafreedom-perl Pilot-qof 0.1.7 0.1.7
Pilot-qof Ubuntu dapper *
Pilot-qof Ubuntu devel *
Pilot-qof Ubuntu gutsy *
Pilot-qof Ubuntu hardy *
Pilot-qof Ubuntu intrepid *
Pilot-qof Ubuntu jaunty *
Pilot-qof Ubuntu karmic *
Pilot-qof 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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