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

CVE-2015-1196

Severity Medium
Score 4.3/10

Summary

GNU patch 2.7.1 allows remote attackers to write to arbitrary files via a symlink attack in a patch file.

  • MEDIUM
  • NETWORK
  • NONE
  • PARTIAL
  • 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.

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Advisory Timeline

  • Published