Mandrake Linux Security Advisory : texinfo (MDKSA-2005:175)

Low Nessus Plugin ID 19984


The remote Mandrake Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


Frank Lichtenheld has discovered that texindex insecurely creates temporary files with predictable filenames. This is exploitable if a local attacker were to create symbolic links in the temporary files directory, pointing to a valid file on the filesystem. When texindex is executed, the file would be overwitten with the rights of the user running texindex.

The updated packages have been patched to correct this issue.


Update the affected info, info-install and / or texinfo packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Low

ID: 19984

File Name: mandrake_MDKSA-2005-175.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.16 $

Type: local

Published: 2005/10/11

Modified: 2013/05/31

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Low


Base Score: 1.2

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:info, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:info-install, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:texinfo, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:10.1, cpe:/o:mandriva:linux:2006, x-cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:le2005

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

Patch Publication Date: 2005/10/06

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2005-3011

MDKSA: 2005:175