Debian Security Advisory

DSA-544-1 webmin -- insecure temporary directory

Date Reported:
14 Sep 2004
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2004-0559.
More information:

Ludwig Nussel discovered a problem in webmin, a web-based administration toolkit. A temporary directory was used but without checking for the previous owner. This could allow an attacker to create the directory and place dangerous symbolic links inside.

For the stable distribution (woody) this problem has been fixed in version 0.94-7woody3.

For the unstable distribution (sid) this problem has been fixed in version 1.160-1 of webmin and 1.090-1 of usermin.

We recommend that you upgrade your webmin packages.

Fixed in:

Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (woody)

Architecture-independent component:
Intel IA-32:

MD5 checksums of the listed files are available in the original advisory.