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XFree86 xfs command is vulnerable to a symlink attack, allowing local users to create files in restricted directories, possibly allowing them to gain privileges or cause a denial of service.
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Date Entry Created
19990607 Disclaimer: The entry creation date may reflect when the CVE-ID was allocated or reserved, and does not necessarily indicate when this vulnerability was discovered, shared with the affected vendor, publicly disclosed, or updated in CVE.
Phase (Legacy)
Proposed (19990728)
Votes (Legacy)
ACCEPT(1) Baker
MODIFY(1) Frech
NOOP(1) Christey
Comments (Legacy)
 Frech> XF:xfree86-xfs-symlink-dos
 Christey> Is this the same problem as CVE-1999-0433?  CVE-1999-0433
   deals with a symlink attack on one file (/tmp/.X11-unix),
   while xfs (this candidate) deals with /tmp/.font-unix
   XF:xfree86-xfs-symlink-dos doesn't exist.
 Christey> ADDREF DEBIAN:19990331 symbolic link can be used to make any file world readable
   Note: Debian's advisory says that this is not a problem for Debian.

Proposed (Legacy)
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