GLSA-200410-10 : gettext: Insecure temporary file handling

Low Nessus Plugin ID 15448


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200410-10 (gettext: Insecure temporary file handling)

gettext insecurely creates temporary files in world-writeable directories with predictable names.
Impact :

A local attacker could create symbolic links in the temporary files directory, pointing to a valid file somewhere on the filesystem. When gettext is called, this would result in file access with the rights of the user running the utility, which could be the root user.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All gettext users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=sys-devel/gettext-0.14.1-r1'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Low

ID: 15448

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200410-10.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: local

Published: 2004/10/11

Modified: 2015/04/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Low


Base Score: 2.1

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

Vulnerability Information

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

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

Patch Publication Date: 2004/10/10

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2004/10/11

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-0966

OSVDB: 10646

GLSA: 200410-10