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720057: CVE-2009-5081 groff: and use easy-to-guess temporary file names

The MITRE CVE dictionary describes this issue as:

The (1) config.guess, (2) contrib/groffer/perl/, and (3) contrib/groffer/perl/ scripts in GNU troff (aka groff) 1.21 and earlier use an insufficient number of X characters in the template argument to the tempfile function, which makes it easier for local users to overwrite arbitrary files via a symlink attack on a temporary file, a different vulnerability than CVE-2004-0969.

Find out more about CVE-2009-5081 from the MITRE CVE dictionary dictionary and NIST NVD.


Not vulnerable. This issue did not affect the versions of groff as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5, or 6.

CVSS v2 metrics

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

Base Score 1.9
Base Metrics AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:P/A:N
Access Vector Local
Access Complexity Medium
Authentication None
Confidentiality Impact None
Integrity Impact Partial
Availability Impact None

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