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Date: Wed, 23 Dec 2009 11:50:16 +0100
From: Hanno Böck <>
To: OSS Security List <>
Subject: CVE request: acl 2.2.47 always follows symlinks

setfacl/getfacl (part of package acl-2.2.47) contains a bug that it ignores 
the --physical/-P parameter that means don't follow symlinks on -R 

This can lead to security problems, e.g. if there's a cron script giving a 
user full rwX rights for a directory, he can put a symlink there pointing to / 
or /etc or whatever.
Another scenario would be a backup script saving the /home acls to a file, 
every user can create an endless loop for that and prevent the script from 

Fixed in upstream source, but no new release yet.
Please assign a CVE.

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