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

CVE-2015-3627

Severity High
Score 7.2/10

Summary

Libcontainer and Docker Engine before 1.6.1 opens the file-descriptor passed to the pid-1 process before performing the chroot, which allows local users to gain privileges via a symlink attack in an image.

  • LOW
  • LOCAL
  • NONE
  • COMPLETE
  • COMPLETE
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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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