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


The MITRE CVE dictionary describes this issue as:

The "make distcheck" rule in GNU Automake before 1.11.6 and 1.12.x before 1.12.2 grants world-writable permissions to the extraction directory, which introduces a race condition that allows local users to execute arbitrary code via unspecified vectors.

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


This issue affects the version of automake, automake15, automake16 and automake17 as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. This issue affects the version of automake, automake15 and automake16 as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. This issue was addressed in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 via RHSA-2013:0526 in automake package. 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 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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