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Date: Wed, 05 Feb 2014 18:55:13 +1100
From: Murray McAllister <>
Subject: Re: Re: CVE request: a2ps insecure temporary file

On 02/05/2014 01:40 AM, wrote:
> Hash: SHA1
>> * Fri Jan 05 2001 Preston Brown <>
>> - security patch for tmpfile creation from Olaf Kirch <>
>> followed the next month by a fix to that patch:
>> * Mon Feb 12 2001 Tim Waugh <>
>> - Fix tmpfile security patch so that it actually _works_ (bug #27155).
> Does anyone have information indicating that two CVE-2001-#### IDs are
> needed to cover the discoveries by Olaf Kirch and Tim Waugh 13 years
> ago? This would be the case if, for example, there was a January 2001
> a2ps package that fixed part of the problem with temporary files.
> Admittedly, the practical value of two CVE-2001-#### IDs at present
> may be extremely small.
> The information does not seem to be in a2ps.git because data before
> 2004 is unavailable, e.g.,
> Also:
>    You are not authorized to access bug #27155.
> If (as we would expect) nobody is interested in checking that, we will
> assign one CVE-2001-#### ID.


I spent a little time looking but could not determine if a release was 
made to fix only part of the problem. So one ID is fine by us.

bug #27155 just contains some gdb output. Therefore I assumed it was 
public and didn't check before sending it here.

Thanks for looking at this.

Murray McAllister / Red Hat Security Response Team

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