Re: [Fwd: Etch's and Lenny's mktemp seriously broken]
On 2008-08-15 12:13 +0200, Sven Joachim wrote:
> Well, I don't think this is a serious problem, since mktemp will create
> a different file if the one with the pid already exists. The
> predictability of the file name is not nice, but it is only a security
> problem if you create the file in a world-writable directory that does
> not have the sticky bit set. And in such directories, you're subject to
> all kinds of race conditions anyway.
However, Nico Golde informed me that mktemp has a `-u' switch which will
unlink the file before mktemp exits. If you use that, the easy-to-guess
filename becomes a severe problem.