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Vulnerability Summary for CVE-2009-4135

Original release date: 12/11/2009
Last revised: 01/17/2015


The distcheck rule in dist-check.mk in GNU coreutils 5.2.1 through 8.1 allows local users to gain privileges via a symlink attack on a file in a directory tree under /tmp.


CVSS Severity (version 2.0):
CVSS v2 Base Score: 4.4 MEDIUM
Impact Subscore: 6.4
Exploitability Subscore: 3.4
CVSS Version 2 Metrics:
Access Vector: Locally exploitable
Access Complexity: Medium
Authentication: Not required to exploit
Impact Type: Allows unauthorized disclosure of information; Allows unauthorized modification; Allows disruption of service

Vendor Statements (disclaimer)

Official Statement from Red Hat (02/26/2010)
This issue does not affect users using coreutils binary RPMs, or rebuilding source RPMs. Therefore, we do not plan to release updates addressing this flaw on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, 4 and 5. For additional details, refer to the following bug: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=CVE-2009-4135

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External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2009-3453
Type: Advisory
External Source: MLIST
Name: [oss-security] 20091208 CVE Request -- coreutils -- unsafe temporary directory location use
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=545439
Type: Patch Information
External Source: MLIST
Name: [oss-security] 20091208 Re: CVE Request -- coreutils -- unsafe temporary directory location use
Type: Patch Information
External Source: MLIST
Name: [bug-coreutils] 20091208 Re: build: distcheck: do not leave a $TMPDIR/coreutils directory behind
Type: Patch Information
External Source: OSVDB
Name: 60853
External Source: FEDORA
Name: FEDORA-2009-13181
External Source: FEDORA
Name: FEDORA-2009-13216
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://git.savannah.gnu.org/cgit/coreutils.git/commit/?id=ae034822c535fa5
External Source: UBUNTU
Name: USN-2473-1
External Source: XF
Name: gnu-core-distcheck-symlink(54673)
External Source: BID
Name: 37256
External Source: MLIST
Name: [bug-coreutils] 20091209 [PATCH] doc: NEWS: mention the "make distcheck" vulnerability
Type: Patch Information

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