The MITRE CVE dictionary describes this issue as:
cp, when running with an option to preserve symlinks on multiple OSes, allows local, user-assisted attackers to overwrite arbitrary files via a symlink attack using crafted directories containing multiple source files that are copied to the same destination.
Find out more about CVE-2007-4998 from the
MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and
This issue affects the busybox package in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1, 3, 4, and 5,
This issue affects the fileutils package in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1.
This issue affects the coreutils package in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.
The coreutils package in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5 are not vulnerable to this issue.
Given this issue has minimal risk we do not intend to issues updates to correct this issue in affected versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
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