Debian Security Advisory

DSA-160-1 scrollkeeper -- insecure temporary file creation

Date Reported:
03 Sep 2002
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In the Bugtraq database (at SecurityFocus): BugTraq ID 5602.
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2002-0662.
More information:

Spybreak discovered a problem in scrollkeeper, a free electronic cataloging system for documentation. The scrollkeeper-get-cl program creates temporary files in an insecure manner in /tmp using guessable filenames. Since scrollkeeper is called automatically when a user logs into a Gnome session, an attacker with local access can easily create and overwrite files as another user.

This problem has been fixed in version 0.3.6-3.1 for the current stable distribution (woody) and in version 0.3.11-2 for the unstable distribution (sid). The old stable distribution (potato) is not affected, since it doesn't contain the scrollkeeper package.

We recommend that you upgrade your scrollkeeper packages immediately.

Fixed in:

Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (woody)

Intel IA-32:
Intel IA-64:
HP Precision:
Motorola 680x0:
Big endian MIPS:
Little endian MIPS:
IBM S/390:
Sun Sparc:

MD5 checksums of the listed files are available in the original advisory.