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Improper Link Resolution Before File Access ('Link Following')


Severity Low
Score 1.2/10


Race condition in Java 1.4.2 before 1.4.2 Release 2 on Apple Mac OS X allows local users to corrupt files or create arbitrary files via unspecified attack vectors related to a temporary directory, possibly due to a symlink attack.

  • HIGH
  • NONE
  • NONE
  • NONE

CWE-59 - Improper Link Resolution Before File Access

'Improper link resolution before file access' occurs when software accesses a file resource but fails to verify that the file isn't a link or shortcut to another file. An attacker can potentially gain access to arbitrary files and from there the impact can vary, depending on the application, from sensitive data exposure to remote code execution.


Advisory Timeline

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