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Vulnerability Summary for CVE-2008-4579

Original release date: 10/15/2008
Last revised: 01/22/2013


The (1) fence_apc and (2) fence_apc_snmp programs, as used in (a) fence 2.02.00-r1 and possibly (b) cman, when running in verbose mode, allows local users to append to arbitrary files via a symlink attack on the apclog temporary file.


CVSS Severity (version 2.0):
CVSS v2 Base Score: 1.9 (LOW) (AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:P/A:N) (legend)
Impact Subscore: 2.9
Exploitability Subscore: 3.4
CVSS Version 2 Metrics:
Access Vector: Locally exploitable
Access Complexity: Medium
Authentication: Not required to exploit
Impact Type: Allows unauthorized modification

Vendor Statements (disclaimer)

Official Statement from Red Hat (09/02/2009)
The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this issue as having low security impact. This issue is addressed in the cman package for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5: https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2009-1337.html This issue also affects the fence package in Red Hat Cluster Suite for Enterprise Linux 4AS, a future update may address this flaw: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=CVE-2008-4579

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External Source: CONFIRM
Name: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=467386
External Source: BID
Name: 31904
External Source: FEDORA
Name: FEDORA-2008-9042
External Source: MLIST
Name: [oss-security] 20081013 Re: CVE Request
External Source: MISC
Name: http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=240576
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2011-0419
External Source: REDHAT
Name: RHSA-2011:0266
External Source: UBUNTU
Name: USN-875-1
External Source: OVAL
Name: oval:org.mitre.oval:def:10799
External Source: REDHAT
Name: RHSA-2009:1341

References to Check Content

Identifier: oval:org.mitre.oval:def:10799
Check System: http://oval.mitre.org/XMLSchema/oval-definitions-5

Vulnerable software and versions

+ Configuration 1
+ OR
* cpe:/a:gentoo:fence:2.02.00:r1
* cpe:/a:gentoo:cman:2.02.00:r1

* Denotes Vulnerable Software
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