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Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:29:42 -0500
From: Donald Stufft <>
Subject: Requesting a CVE for pip - Local DoS with predictable temp directory names

I'd like to request a CVE for pip[1][2] and I am a core developer for that

There is a local DoS in pip 1.3, 1.3.1, 1.4, 1.4.1, 1.5, 1.5.1, 1.5.2, 1.5.3,
1.5.4, 1.5.5, and 1.5.6. In an attempt to fix CVE-2013-1888 pip modified it's
build directories from pip-build to pip-build-<username> and added in checks
that would ensure that only a directory owned by the current user would be
used. However because the build directory is predictable a local DoS is
possible simply by creating a /tmp/pip-build-<username>/ directory owned by
someone other than the defined user. This issue has also been reported to the
Debian bug tracker as

This has been fixed[3] in the develop branch of pip which will be released as
pip 6.0. 

I am not aware of any previous CVE for this issue.


Donald Stufft
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