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[GLSA-200404-08] GNU Automake symbolic link vulnerability Vulnerability Scan

Vulnerability Scan Summary
GNU Automake symbolic link vulnerability

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Test
The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200404-08
(GNU Automake symbolic link vulnerability)

Automake may be vulnerable to a symbolic link attack which may allow an
attacker to modify data or escalate their rights. This is due to
the insecure way Automake creates directories during compilation. An
attacker may be able to create symbolic links in the place of files
contained in the affected directories, which may potentially lead to
elevated rights due to modification of data.


A possible hacker may be able to use this vulnerability to modify data in an
unauthorized fashion or elevate their rights.


A workaround is not currently known for this issue. All users are
advised to upgrade to the latest version of the affected package.

Automake users should upgrade to the latest versions:
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose sys-devel/automake

Threat Level: Medium

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