GLSA-200501-33 : MySQL: Insecure temporary file creation

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 16424


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200501-33 (MySQL: Insecure temporary file creation)

Javier Fernandez-Sanguino Pena from the Debian Security Audit Project discovered that the 'mysqlaccess' script 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 the mysqlaccess script is executed, this would result in the file being overwritten with the rights of the user running the software, which could be the root user.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All MySQL users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=dev-db/mysql-4.0.22-r2'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 16424

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200501-33.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.13 $

Type: local

Published: 2005/02/14

Modified: 2015/04/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.6

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

Vulnerability Information

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

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

Patch Publication Date: 2005/01/23

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2005/01/17

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-0004

OSVDB: 13013

GLSA: 200501-33