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[ GLSA 200505-14 ] Cheetah: Untrusted module search path
From: Sune Kloppenborg Jeppesen <jaervosz () gentoo org>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2005 18:29:42 +0200

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 200505-14
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  Severity: Normal
     Title: Cheetah: Untrusted module search path
      Date: May 19, 2005
      Bugs: #92926
        ID: 200505-14

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Synopsis
========

Cheetah contains a vulnerability in the module importing code that can
allow a local user to gain escalated privileges.

Background
==========

Cheetah is a Python powered template engine and code generator.

Affected packages
=================

    -------------------------------------------------------------------
     Package             /   Vulnerable   /                 Unaffected
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
  1  dev-python/cheetah     < 0.9.17-rc1                 >= 0.9.17-rc1

Description
===========

Brian Bird discovered that Cheetah searches for modules in the
world-writable /tmp directory.

Impact
======

A malicious local user could place a module containing arbitrary code
in /tmp, which when imported would run with escalated privileges.

Workaround
==========

There are no known workarounds at this time.

Resolution
==========

All Cheetah users should upgrade to the latest version:

    # emerge --sync
    # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=dev-python/cheetah-0.9.17-rc1"

References
==========

  [ 1 ] Secunia Advisory SA15386
        http://secunia.com/advisories/15386/

Availability
============

This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

  http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200505-14.xml

Concerns?
=========

Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost
importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
security () gentoo org or alternatively, you may file a bug at
http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2005 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0

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