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Exposure of Sensitive Information to an Unauthorized Actor


Severity Medium
Score 5.5/10


On unix-like systems, the temporary directory is shared between all user. As such, writing to this directory using APIs that do not explicitly set the file/directory permissions can lead to information disclosure. Of note, this does not impact modern MacOS Operating Systems. The method "File.createTempFile" on unix-like systems creates a file with predefined name (so easily identifiable) and by default will create this file with the permissions -rw-r--r--. Thus, if sensitive information is written to this file, other local users can read this information. File.createTempFile(String, String) will create a temporary file in the system temporary directory if the '' system property is not explicitly set and 'ui.disable.spout.lag.monitoring' is set to false, but its value is true by default. Also, the impact is limited as the temporary file gets deleted soon after its creation. This issue affects Apache Storm versions 2.0.0 through 2.5.0.

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CWE-200 - Information Exposure

An information exposure vulnerability is categorized as an information flow (IF) weakness, which can potentially allow unauthorized access to otherwise classified information in the application, such as confidential personal information (demographics, financials, health records, etc.), business secrets, and the application's internal environment.

Advisory Timeline

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