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Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2011 11:32:37 -0700
From: Vincent Danen <>
Cc: Dan Rosenberg <>,
        Pierre Joye <>
Subject: Re: CVE Request: PEAR Installer 1.9.1 <= - Symlink

* [2011-03-01 10:24:48 +0000] Helgi ?ormar ?orbj?rnsson wrote:

>On 1 Mar 2011, at 09:11, Pierre Joye wrote:
>> hi,
>> 2011/2/28 Dan Rosenberg <>:
>>> I'm not familiar with this code or any of the context surrounding this
>>> fix, but it appears to be an incomplete fix.  Checking for existence
>>> of a symlink and then opening the resource leaves open a window during
>>> which a legitimate file can be replaced with a symlink.
>> Not sure it is fixable, or maybe using a lock on the symbolic link
>> while fetching its target (to be tested to be sure that such locks
>> cannot be overridden from shell).
>I assume you are referring to the parts for REST.php in the patch in question?
>At a second look, that part could do with improvements; I wrote up a function which takes TOCTOU into consideration.
>I'll have that patch done by the end of the day.
>For other situations I am using tempnam() (via the System class) as those files are only temporary and were being extracted from compressed archives; The predictability of their end destination where the centre part of the reported security problem.

I took a quick look at the svn repository and don't see any additional
fixes.  So this means that 1.9.2 has the original fix (CVE-2011-1072)
but not the complete fix (to which MITRE has assigned CVE-2011-1144,
for an incomplete fix of CVE-2011-1072) 

Any word on patches to fully fix the problem yet?  I guess that a 1.9.3
must be planned to come soon (which would contain the CVE-2011-1144

Vincent Danen / Red Hat Security Response Team 

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