Debian: metrics insecure tmp file creation vulnerability

    Date07 Apr 2003
    CategoryDebian
    2230
    Posted ByLinuxSecurity Advisories
    Two scripts in the metrics package, "halstead" and "gather_stats", open temporary files without taking appropriate security precautions.
    
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    Debian Security Advisory DSA 279-1                     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
    http://www.debian.org/security/                             Martin Schulze
    April 7th, 2003                          http://www.debian.org/security/faq
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    Package        : metrics
    Vulnerability  : insecure temporary file creation
    Problem-Type   : local
    Debian-specific: no
    CVE Id         : CAN-2003-0202
    
    Paul Szabo and Matt Zimmerman discoverd two similar problems in
    metrics, a tools for software metrics.  Two scripts in this package,
    "halstead" and "gather_stats", open temporary files without taking
    appropriate security precautions.  "halstead" is installed as a user
    program, while "gather_stats" is only used in an auxiliary script
    included in the source code.  These vulnerabilities could allow a
    local attacker to overwrite files owned by the user running the
    scripts, including root.
    
    The stable distribution (woody) is not affected since it doesn't
    contain a metrics package anymore.
    
    For the old stable distribution (potato) this problem has been fixed
    in version 1.0-1.1.
    
    The unstable distribution (sid) is not affected since it doesn't
    contain a metrics package anymore.
    
    We recommend that you upgrade your metrics package.
    
    
    Upgrade Instructions
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    wget url
            will fetch the file for you
    dpkg -i file.deb
            will install the referenced file.
    
    If you are using the apt-get package manager, use the line for
    sources.list as given below:
    
    apt-get update
            will update the internal database
    apt-get upgrade
            will install corrected packages
    
    You may use an automated update by adding the resources from the
    footer to the proper configuration.
    
    
    Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 alias potato
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      Source archives:
    
         http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/metrics/metrics_1.0-1.1.dsc
          Size/MD5 checksum:      527 8e0a5e5a4897f6748669dcbcf98c5502
         http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/metrics/metrics_1.0-1.1.diff.gz
          Size/MD5 checksum:     5171 b22998c91bbf809a44097f4fd6b5c83e
         http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/metrics/metrics_1.0.orig.tar.gz
          Size/MD5 checksum:    77716 b5c03baa70c6826b27dcababe81f4259
    
      Alpha architecture:
    
         http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/metrics/metrics_1.0-1.1_alpha.deb
          Size/MD5 checksum:    50216 3599a7ae7e2fe985970766e3b1143a52
    
      ARM architecture:
    
         http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/metrics/metrics_1.0-1.1_arm.deb
          Size/MD5 checksum:    44056 ea4b7cebada6b730acabe45b568b2eda
    
      Intel IA-32 architecture:
    
         http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/metrics/metrics_1.0-1.1_i386.deb
          Size/MD5 checksum:    42942 a9d3846fae94cc5b805b8ed8ec4ee514
    
      Motorola 680x0 architecture:
    
         http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/metrics/metrics_1.0-1.1_m68k.deb
          Size/MD5 checksum:    41778 4eb48f051e430fb72884d1212a9ad415
    
      PowerPC architecture:
    
         http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/metrics/metrics_1.0-1.1_powerpc.deb
          Size/MD5 checksum:    44054 6a24a7813b1707ad1176b636e9b1db0b
    
      Sun Sparc architecture:
    
         http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/m/metrics/metrics_1.0-1.1_sparc.deb
          Size/MD5 checksum:    51932 4252be7738d1a6eb4a3333d86e386d5a
    
    
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    For dpkg-ftp:  ftp://security.debian.org/debian-security dists/stable/updates/main
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