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Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2011 14:29:24 +0200
From: Henri Doreau <>
Cc: "Steven M. Christey" <>, Bugs NotHugs <>, 
	Stjepan Gros <>
Subject: Re: CVE Request -- openvas-scanner -- Insecure
 temporary file use by generation of an OVAL system characteristics document,
 when ovaldi support enabled

2011/9/7 Jan Lieskovsky <>:
> Hello Josh, Steve, vendors,
>  it was reported that the scanner module for the Open Vulnerability
> Assessment System (OpenVAS) used insecure way for creation of a
> temporary file, when generating OVAL system characteristics document
> from the knowledge base data available, with the ovaldi integrated tool
> enabled. A local attacker could use this flaw to conduct symlink
> attacks to overwrite arbitrary files on the system, accessible with the
> privileges of the user running the SLAD daemon and / or the ovaldi OVAL
> interpreter.
> References:
> [1]
> [2]
> [3]
> Could you allocate a CVE id for this?
> Thank you && Regards, Jan.


I am not sure if a CVE would make sense for this issue, according to
M. Wiegand's analysis posted on the openvas-devel mailing list [1].



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