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The remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related
The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200405-20
(Insecure Temporary File Creation In MySQL)
The MySQL bug reporting utility (mysqlbug) creates a temporary file to log
bug reports to. A malicious local user with write access to the /tmp
directory could create a symbolic link of the name mysqlbug-N
pointing to a protected file, such as /etc/passwd, such that when mysqlbug
creates the Nth log file, it would end up overwriting the target
file. A similar vulnerability exists with the mysql_multi utility, which
creates a temporary file called mysql_multi.log.
Since mysql_multi runs as root, a local attacker could use this to destroy
any other users' data or corrupt and destroy system files.
One could modify both scripts to log to a directory that users do not have
write permission to, such as /var/log/mysql/.
See also :
All users should upgrade to the latest stable version of MySQL.
# emerge sync
# emerge -pv '>=dev-db/mysql-4.0.18-r2'
# emerge '>=dev-db/mysql-4.0.18-r2'
Risk factor :
Low / CVSS Base Score : 2.1