Public Date:
542609: CVE-2009-4029 Automake: Race condition by creation of "distdir" based directory hierarchy

The MITRE CVE dictionary describes this issue as:

The (1) dist or (2) distcheck rules in GNU Automake 1.11.1, 1.10.3, and release branches branch-1-4 through branch-1-9, when producing a distribution tarball for a package that uses Automake, assign insecure permissions (777) to directories in the build tree, which introduces a race condition that allows local users to modify the contents of package files, introduce Trojan horse programs, or conduct other attacks before the build is complete.

Find out more about CVE-2009-4029 from the MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and NIST NVD.


Red Hat is aware of this issue and is tracking it via the following bug: This issue was addressed in the automake, automake14, automake15, automake16 and automake17 packages as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 via: The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this issue as having low security impact, theres no plan to address this flaw in automake packages in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 and 4.

CVSS v2 metrics

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

Base Score 3.7
Base Metrics AV:L/AC:H/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P
Access Vector Local
Access Complexity High
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 RHSA-2010:0321 2010-03-29

Affected Packages State

Platform Package State
Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 5 automake16 1.6.3-8.el5.1 Fixed
Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 5 automake17 1.7.9-7.el5.2 Fixed
Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 5 automake 1.9.6-2.3.el5 Fixed
Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 5 automake14 1.4p6-13.el5.1 Fixed
Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 5 automake15 1.5-16.el5.2 Fixed