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RHSA-2014:1243: automake security update (Low)

oval:org.mitre.oval:def:26641

Automake is a tool for automatically generating Makefile.in files compliant with the GNU Coding Standards. It was found that the distcheck rule in Automake-generated Makefiles made a directory world-writable when preparing source archives. If a malicious local user could access this directory they could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running "make distcheck". (CVE-2012-3386) Red Hat would like to thank Jim Meyering for reporting this issue. Upstream acknowledges Stefano Lattarini as the original reporter. All automake users are advised to upgrade to this updated package which contains a backported patch to correct this issue.

Family:
unix
Status:
ACCEPTED
Platform(s):
  • CentOS Linux 5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
Class:
patch
Reference(s):
  • RHSA-2014:1243-00
  • CVE-2012-3386
  • CESA-2014:1243
Product(s):
  • automake