Mandrake Linux Security Advisory : sharutils (MDKSA-2002:052)

High Nessus Plugin ID 13955


The remote Mandrake Linux host is missing a security update.


The uudecode utility creates output files without checking to see if it is about to write to a symlink or pipe. This could be exploited by a local attacker to overwrite files or lead to privilege escalation if users decode data into share directories, such as /tmp. This update fixes this vulnerability by checking to see if the destination output file is a symlink or pipe.


Update the affected sharutils package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 13955

File Name: mandrake_MDKSA-2002-052.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.15 $

Type: local

Published: 2004/07/31

Modified: 2013/05/31

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:sharutils, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:7.1, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:7.2, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:8.0, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:8.1, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:8.2

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/cpu, Host/Mandrake/release, Host/Mandrake/rpm-list

Patch Publication Date: 2002/08/14

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2002-0178

MDKSA: 2002:052