Mandriva Linux Security Advisory : emacs (MDVSA-2008:096)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 36539


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


Steve Grubb found that the vcdiff script in Emacs create temporary files insecurely when used with SCCS. A local user could exploit a race condition to create or overwrite files with the privileges of the user invoking the program (CVE-2008-1694).

The updated packages have been patched to correct this issue.


Update the affected packages.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 36539

File Name: mandriva_MDVSA-2008-096.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.10 $

Type: local

Published: 2009/04/23

Modified: 2013/06/01

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:mandriva:linux:emacs, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:emacs-X11, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:emacs-common, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:emacs-doc, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:emacs-el, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:emacs-gtk, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:emacs-leim, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:emacs-nox, cpe:/o:mandriva:linux:2007.1, cpe:/o:mandriva:linux:2008.0, cpe:/o:mandriva:linux:2008.1

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

Patch Publication Date: 2008/05/06

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-1694

MDVSA: 2008:096

CWE: 59