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Vulnerability Details : CVE-2009-4029

The (1) dist or (2) distcheck rules in GNU Automake 1.11.1, 1.10.3, and release branches branch-1-4 through branch-1-9, when producing a distribution tarball for a package that uses Automake, assign insecure permissions (777) to directories in the build tree, which introduces a race condition that allows local users to modify the contents of package files, introduce Trojan horse programs, or conduct other attacks before the build is complete.
Publish Date : 2009-12-20 Last Update Date : 2018-10-10
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- CVSS Scores & Vulnerability Types

CVSS Score
Confidentiality Impact Partial (There is considerable informational disclosure.)
Integrity Impact Partial (Modification of some system files or information is possible, but the attacker does not have control over what can be modified, or the scope of what the attacker can affect is limited.)
Availability Impact Partial (There is reduced performance or interruptions in resource availability.)
Access Complexity Medium (The access conditions are somewhat specialized. Some preconditions must be satistified to exploit)
Authentication Not required (Authentication is not required to exploit the vulnerability.)
Gained Access None
Vulnerability Type(s)
CWE ID 362

- Vendor Statements

Red Hat is aware of this issue and is tracking it via the following bug: This issue was addressed in the automake, automake14, automake15, automake16 and automake17 packages as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 via: The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this issue as having low security impact, theres no plan to address this flaw in automake packages in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 and 4.
Source: Redhat

- Additional Vendor Supplied Data

Vendor Impact CVSS Score CVSS Vector Report Date Publish Date
Redhat low
AV:L/AC:H/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P 2009-11-30 2009-12-08
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- Related OVAL Definitions

Title Definition Id Class Family
DEPRECATED: ELSA-2010-0321 -- automake security update (low) oval:org.mitre.oval:def:27954 unix
ELSA-2010:0321: automake security update (Low) oval:org.mitre.oval:def:22739 unix
RHSA-2010:0321: automake security update (Low) oval:org.mitre.oval:def:22010 unix
RHSA-2010:0321: automake security update (Low) oval:com.redhat.rhsa:def:20100321 unix
SUSE-SU-2013:1329-1 -- Security update for automake oval:org.mitre.oval:def:25255 unix
The (1) dist or (2) distcheck rules in GNU Automake 1.11.1, 1.10.3, and release branches branch-1-4 through branch-1-9, ... oval:org.mitre.oval:def:11717 unix
OVAL (Open Vulnerability and Assessment Language) definitions define exactly what should be done to verify a vulnerability or a missing patch. Check out the OVAL definitions if you want to learn what you should do to verify a vulnerability.

- Products Affected By CVE-2009-4029

# Product Type Vendor Product Version Update Edition Language
1 Application GNU Automake 1.10.3 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
2 Application GNU Automake 1.11.1 * * * Version Details Vulnerabilities
3 Application GNU Automake Branch 1-9 * * Version Details Vulnerabilities

- Number Of Affected Versions By Product

Vendor Product Vulnerable Versions
GNU Automake 3

- References For CVE-2009-4029
OVAL oval:org.mitre.oval:def:11717 CONFIRM
VUPEN ADV-2009-3579
SUNALERT 1021784
MLIST [automake] 20091208 CVE-2009-4029 Automake security fix for 'make dist*'
MLIST [automake] 20091208 GNU Automake 1.11.1 released
MLIST [automake-patches] 20091128 [PATCH] do not put world-writable directories in distribution tarballs CONFIRM
MLIST [automake] 20091208 GNU Automake 1.10.3 released
MLIST [automake] 20091208 Re: CVE-2009-4029 Automake security fix for 'make dist*'
BUGTRAQ 20101027 rPSA-2010-0071-1 automake

- Metasploit Modules Related To CVE-2009-4029

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