Re: [Fwd: Etch's and Lenny's mktemp seriously broken]
On Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 10:56:06PM +0200, Sven Joachim wrote:
> On 2008-08-15 21:16 +0200, Andrei Popescu wrote:
> > On Fri,15.Aug.08, 16:05:13, Sven Joachim wrote:
> >> 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.
> > I must be dense, could you please elaborate on how this can be a
> > problem?
> It opens precisely the can of worms that mktemp was supposed to close,
> see the mktemp(1) and mktemp(3) manpages. Look for "symlink attack" in
> your preferred Web search engine.
And what BadThings happen due to that unlink?
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