41152 : PatchLink Update Client for Unix logtrimmer /tmp/patchlink.tmp Symlink Arbitrary File Truncation
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Patchlink contains a flaw that may allow a malicious local user to overwrite arbitrary files on the system. The issue is due to the script creating temporary files insecurely. It is possible for a local attacker to use a symlink attack to cause the program to unexpectedly write to, or overwrite an attacker specified file.


Location: Local Access Required
Attack Type: Race Condition
Disclosure: Vendor Verified


Currently, there are no known workarounds or upgrades to correct this issue. However, Lumension has released a patch to address this vulnerability. Check the vendor advisory or solution in the references section.


Novell, Inc.
ZPM Update Agent for Linux/Unix/Mac



CVSSv2 Score

CVSSv2 Base Score = 4.6
Source: nvd.nist.gov | Generated: 2008-02-01 | Disagree?

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