GLSA-200812-08 : Mgetty: Insecure temporary file usage

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 35059


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200812-08 (Mgetty: Insecure temporary file usage)

Dmitry E. Oboukhov reported that the 'spooldir' directory in fax/ is created in an insecure manner.
Impact :

A local attacker could exploit this vulnerability to overwrite arbitrary files with the privileges of the user running the application.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All Mgetty users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=net-dialup/mgetty-1.1.36-r3'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 35059

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200812-08.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.10 $

Type: local

Published: 2008/12/08

Modified: 2015/04/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.9

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

Vulnerability Information

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

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

Patch Publication Date: 2008/12/06

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-4936

OSVDB: 49604

GLSA: 200812-08

CWE: 59