Public Date:
473450: CVE-2008-5302 perl: File::Path rmtree race condition (CVE-2005-0448) reintroduced after upstream rebase to 5.8.8-1

The MITRE CVE dictionary describes this issue as:

Race condition in the rmtree function in File::Path 1.08 and 2.07 (lib/File/ in Perl 5.8.8 and 5.10.0 allows local users to create arbitrary setuid binaries via a symlink attack, a different vulnerability than CVE-2005-0448, CVE-2004-0452, and CVE-2008-2827. NOTE: this is a regression error related to CVE-2005-0448. It is different from CVE-2008-5303 due to affected versions.

Find out more about CVE-2008-5302 from the MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and NIST NVD.


This issue has been addressed in perl packages as shipped in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 and 4 via and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 via

CVSS v2 metrics

NOTE: The following CVSS v2 metrics and score provided are preliminary and subject to review.

Base Score 4.4
Base Metrics AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P
Access Vector Local
Access Complexity Medium
Authentication None
Confidentiality Impact Partial
Integrity Impact Partial
Availability Impact Partial

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Red Hat Security Errata

Platform Errata Release Date
Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 5 (perl) RHSA-2010:0458 2010-06-07