Audacity: Insecure temporary file creation — GLSA 200803-03

Audacity uses temporary files in an insecure manner, allowing for a symlink attack.

Affected Packages

media-sound/audacity on all architectures
Affected versions < 1.3.4-r1
Unaffected versions >= 1.3.4-r1

Background

Audacity is a free cross-platform audio editor.

Description

Viktor Griph reported that the "AudacityApp::OnInit()" method in file src/AudacityApp.cpp does not handle temporary files properly.

Impact

A local attacker could exploit this vulnerability to conduct symlink attacks to delete arbitrary files and directories with the privileges of the user running Audacity.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All Audacity users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=media-sound/audacity-1.3.4-r1"

References

Release Date
March 02, 2008

Latest Revision
March 02, 2008: 01

Severity
normal

Exploitable
local

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