Automake is a tool for automatically generating Makefile.in files compliant with the GNU Coding Standards. Automake-generated Makefiles made certain directories world-writable when preparing source archives, as was recommended by the GNU Coding Standards. If a malicious, local user could access the directory where a victim was creating distribution archives, they could use this flaw to modify the files being added to those archives. Updated packages are available from updates.redhat.com.
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 ===================================================================== Red Hat Security Advisory Synopsis: Low: automake security update Advisory ID: RHSA-2010:0321-04 Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advisory URL: https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2010-0321.html Issue date: 2010-03-30 CVE Names: CVE-2009-4029 ===================================================================== 1. Summary: Updated automake, automake14, automake15, automake16, and automake17 packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having low security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available from the CVE link in the References section. 2. Relevant releases/architectures: RHEL Desktop Workstation (v. 5 client) - noarch Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server) - noarch 3. Description: Automake is a tool for automatically generating Makefile.in files compliant with the GNU Coding Standards. Automake-generated Makefiles made certain directories world-writable when preparing source archives, as was recommended by the GNU Coding Standards. If a malicious, local user could access the directory where a victim was creating distribution archives, they could use this flaw to modify the files being added to those archives. Makefiles generated by these updated automake packages no longer make distribution directories world-writable, as recommended by the updated GNU Coding Standards. (CVE-2009-4029) Note: This issue affected Makefile targets used by developers to prepare distribution source archives. Those targets are not used when compiling programs from the source code. All users of automake, automake14, automake15, automake16, and automake17 should upgrade to these updated packages, which resolve this issue. 4. Solution: Before applying this update, make sure all previously-released errata relevant to your system have been applied. This update is available via the Red Hat Network. Details on how to use the Red Hat Network to apply this update are available at http://kbase.redhat.com/faq/docs/DOC-11259 5. Bugs fixed (http://bugzilla.redhat.com/): 542609 - CVE-2009-4029 Automake: Race condition by creation of "distdir" based directory hierarchy 6. Package List: RHEL Desktop Workstation (v. 5 client): Source: ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/5Client/en/os/SRPMS/automake-1.9.6-2.3.el5.src.rpm ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/5Client/en/os/SRPMS/automake14-1.4p6-13.el5.1.src.rpm ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/5Client/en/os/SRPMS/automake15-1.5-16.el5.2.src.rpm ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/5Client/en/os/SRPMS/automake16-1.6.3-8.el5.1.src.rpm ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/5Client/en/os/SRPMS/automake17-1.7.9-7.el5.2.src.rpm noarch: automake-1.9.6-2.3.el5.noarch.rpm automake14-1.4p6-13.el5.1.noarch.rpm automake15-1.5-16.el5.2.noarch.rpm automake16-1.6.3-8.el5.1.noarch.rpm automake17-1.7.9-7.el5.2.noarch.rpm Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server): Source: ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/5Server/en/os/SRPMS/automake-1.9.6-2.3.el5.src.rpm ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/5Server/en/os/SRPMS/automake14-1.4p6-13.el5.1.src.rpm ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/5Server/en/os/SRPMS/automake15-1.5-16.el5.2.src.rpm ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/5Server/en/os/SRPMS/automake16-1.6.3-8.el5.1.src.rpm ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/enterprise/5Server/en/os/SRPMS/automake17-1.7.9-7.el5.2.src.rpm noarch: automake-1.9.6-2.3.el5.noarch.rpm automake14-1.4p6-13.el5.1.noarch.rpm automake15-1.5-16.el5.2.noarch.rpm automake16-1.6.3-8.el5.1.noarch.rpm automake17-1.7.9-7.el5.2.noarch.rpm These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat for security. Our key and details on how to verify the signature are available from https://www.redhat.com/security/team/key/#package 7. References: https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2009-4029.html http://www.redhat.com/security/updates/classification/#low http://www.gnu.org/prep/standards/html_node/Releases.html 8. Contact: The Red Hat security contact is <firstname.lastname@example.org>. More contact details at https://www.redhat.com/security/team/contact/ Copyright 2010 Red Hat, Inc. -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v1.4.4 (GNU/Linux) iD8DBQFLsjDqXlSAg2UNWIIRAs+eAJ9gAR+Pwec8LLHDdG+PB6zUvbw3rwCdFJ29 sDQzcNq842NPZuddQIY78Uw= =kqw7 -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----