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[DSA292] DSA-292-3 mime-support Vulnerability Scan
Vulnerability Scan Summary
Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Test
Colin Phipps discovered several problems in mime-support, that contains
support programs for the MIME control files 'mime.types' and 'mailcap'.
When a temporary file is to be used it is created insecurely, allowing
a possible hacker to overwrite arbitrary under the user id of the person
When run-mailcap is executed on a file with a potentially
problematic filename, a temporary file is created (not insecurely
anymore), removed and a symbolic link to this filename is created. An
attacker could recreate the file before the symbolic link is created,
forcing the display program to display different content.
For the stable distribution (woody) these problems have been fixed in
For the old stable distribution (potato) these problems have been
fixed in version 3.9-1.3.
For the unstable distribution (sid) these problems have been
fixed in version 3.23-1.
We recommend that you upgrade your mime-support packages.
Solution : http://www.debian.org/security/2003/dsa-292
Threat Level: High
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