CVE Database


Impact: Low
Public: 2012-07-09
CWE: CWE-732
Bugzilla: 838286: CVE-2012-3386 automake: locally exploitable "make distcheck" bug


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".

Find out more about CVE-2012-3386 from the MITRE CVE dictionary and NIST NVD.


This issue affects the version of automake15, automake16 and automake17 as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. This issue affects the version of automake15 and automake16 as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. A future update may address this flaw in various affected versions of automake.

CVSS v2 metrics

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 (automake) RHSA-2014:1243 September 16, 2014
Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 6 (automake) RHSA-2013:0526 February 20, 2013

External References


Red Hat would like to thank Jim Meyering for reporting this issue. Upstream acknowledges Stefano Lattarini as the original reporter.

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