GLSA-200411-17 : mtink: Insecure tempfile handling

Low Nessus Plugin ID 15692


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200411-17 (mtink: Insecure tempfile handling)

Tavis Ormandy from Gentoo Linux discovered that mtink uses insecure permissions on temporary files.
Impact :

A local attacker could create symbolic links in the temporary files directory, pointing to a valid file somewhere on the filesystem. When mtink is executed, this would result in the file being overwritten 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 mtink users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=net-print/mtink-1.0.5'

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Plugin Details

Severity: Low

ID: 15692

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200411-17.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.13 $

Type: local

Published: 2004/11/13

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:mtink, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 2004/11/09

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2004/11/09

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-1110

OSVDB: 11585

GLSA: 200411-17