Debian Security Advisory

DSA-575-1 catdoc -- insecure temporary file

Date Reported:
28 Oct 2004
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In the Debian bugtracking system: Bug 183525.
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2003-0193.
More information:

A temporary file problem has been discovered in xlsview from the catdoc suite, convertors from Word to TeX and plain text, which could lead to local users being able to overwrite arbitrary files via a symlink attack on predictable temporary file names.

For the stable distribution (woody) this problem has been fixed in version 0.91.5-1.woody3.

For the unstable distribution (sid) this problem has been fixed in version 0.91.5-2.

We recommend that you upgrade your catdoc package.

Fixed in:

Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (woody)

Intel IA-32:
Intel IA-64:
Motorola 680x0:
Big endian MIPS:
Little endian MIPS:
IBM S/390:
Sun Sparc:

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