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CVE-2009-4029 Detail


The (1) dist or (2) distcheck rules in GNU Automake 1.11.1, 1.10.3, and release branches branch-1-4 through branch-1-9, when producing a distribution tarball for a package that uses Automake, assign insecure permissions (777) to directories in the build tree, which introduces a race condition that allows local users to modify the contents of package files, introduce Trojan horse programs, or conduct other attacks before the build is complete.

Source:  MITRE      Last Modified:  12/19/2009

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Locally exploitable
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Not required to exploit
Impact Type:
Allows unauthorized disclosure of information; Allows unauthorized modification; Allows disruption of service

Vendor Statements (disclaimer)

Official Statement from Red Hat (03/31/2010)

Red Hat is aware of this issue and is tracking it via the following bug: This issue was addressed in the automake, automake14, automake15, automake16 and automake17 packages as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 via: The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this issue as having low security impact, theres no plan to address this flaw in automake packages in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 and 4.

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Hyperlink Resource Type Source Name External Source MLIST [automake] 20091208 GNU Automake 1.11.1 released External Source MLIST [automake] 20091208 GNU Automake 1.10.3 released Patch External Source MLIST [automake] 20091208 CVE-2009-4029 Automake security fix for 'make dist*' External Source MLIST [automake] 20091208 Re: CVE-2009-4029 Automake security fix for 'make dist*' Exploit External Source MLIST [automake-patches] 20091128 [PATCH] do not put world-writable directories in distribution tarballs External Source CONFIRM External Source SUNALERT 1021784 External Source CONFIRM External Source MANDRIVA MDVSA-2010:203 External Source BUGTRAQ 20101027 rPSA-2010-0071-1 automake External Source VUPEN ADV-2009-3579 External Source OVAL oval:org.mitre.oval:def:11717

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