GLSA-200404-08 : GNU Automake symbolic link vulnerability

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Synopsis :

The remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related
patches.

Description :

The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200404-08
(GNU Automake symbolic link vulnerability)

Automake may be vulnerable to a symbolic link attack which may allow an
attacker to modify data or escalate their privileges. This is due to
the insecure way Automake creates directories during compilation. An
attacker may be able to create symbolic links in the place of files
contained in the affected directories, which may potentially lead to
elevated privileges due to modification of data.

Impact :

An attacker may be able to use this vulnerability to modify data in an
unauthorized fashion or elevate their privileges.

Workaround :

A workaround is not currently known for this issue. All users are
advised to upgrade to the latest version of the affected package.

See also :

http://www.gentoo.org/security/en/glsa/glsa-200404-08.xml

Solution :

Automake users should upgrade to the latest versions:
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose sys-devel/automake

Risk factor :

Medium

Family: Gentoo Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 14473 (gentoo_GLSA-200404-08.nasl)

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