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Date: Tue, 04 Feb 2014 02:50:00 +1100
From: Murray McAllister <>
Subject: Re: CVE request: a2ps insecure temporary file use

On 02/03/2014 05:12 PM, Murray McAllister wrote:
> Hello,
> Jakub Wilk found that a2ps, a tool to convert text and other types of
> files to PostScript, insecurely used a temporary file in spy_user(). A
> local attacker could use this flaw to perform a symbolic link attack to
> modify an arbitrary file accessible to the user running a2ps:
> The original report notes there are calls to tempname_ensure(). If any
> of those are found to be vulnerable, would they use the same CVE number,
> or require a different one?
> References:
> Thanks,
> --
> Murray McAllister / Red Hat Security Response Team

Tim Waugh pointed out this was fixed in 2001:

And notes 
is the patch.


Murray McAllister / Red Hat Security Response Team

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