Vulnerability Note VU#570952

Redhat Linux creates predictable temporary file and fails to check for existing symbolic link of same name

Original Release date: 08 Oct 2001 | Last revised: 08 Oct 2001

Overview is a PERL script, part of Red Hat's powertools suite, that alerts a system administrator if any file system approaches capacity. In creating email alerts, creates insecure temporary files in a world-writable directory, which may permit an attacker to corrupt any writable file on the system.

Description is designed to run hourly. When any file system approaches capacity, it generates an email message to the system administrator, using a temporary file with a predictable name in the /tmp directory, without checking for the prior existence or ownership of this file. By its nature, Disckcheck runs with setuid root.


By creating a symbolic link with appropriate name and pointed to any writable file on the system, a local attacker can corrupt that file when diskcheck detects a file system approaching capacity.


Apply vendor patches; see the Systems Affected section below.

Modify to remove any file from /tmp named for its temporary file.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
RedHatAffected05 Dec 200004 Oct 2001
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This vulnerability was first announced by Stan Bubrouski .

This document was last modified by Tim Shimeall.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CAN-2000-0715
  • Date Public: 20 Dec 2000
  • Date First Published: 08 Oct 2001
  • Date Last Updated: 08 Oct 2001
  • Severity Metric: 4.32
  • Document Revision: 10


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