GLSA-200404-08 : GNU Automake symbolic link vulnerability

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 14473


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


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.


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

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 14473

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200404-08.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.10 $

Type: local

Published: 2004/08/30

Modified: 2015/04/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:automake, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Patch Publication Date: 2004/04/08

Reference Information

GLSA: 200404-08