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From: Robert Buchholz <rbu@g.o>
Subject: [ GLSA 200911-04 ] dstat: Untrusted search path
Date: Wed, 25 Nov 2009 16:12:17 +0100
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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 200911-04
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  Severity: Normal
     Title: dstat: Untrusted search path
      Date: November 25, 2009
      Bugs: #293497
        ID: 200911-04

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Synopsis
========

An untrusted search path vulnerability in the dstat might result in the
execution of arbitrary code.

Background
==========

dstat is a versatile system resource monitor written in Python.

Affected packages
=================

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     Package         /  Vulnerable  /                       Unaffected
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
  1  sys-apps/dstat     < 0.6.9-r1                         >= 0.6.9-r1

Description
===========

Robert Buchholz of the Gentoo Security Team reported that dstat
includes the current working directory and subdirectories in the Python
module search path (sys.path) before calling "import".

Impact
======

A local attacker could entice a user to run "dstat" from a directory
containing a specially crafted Python module, resulting in the
execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the
application.

Workaround
==========

Do not run "dstat" from untrusted working directories.

Resolution
==========

All dstat users should upgrade to the latest version:

    # emerge --sync
    # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=sys-apps/dstat-0.6.9-r1"

References
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  [ 1 ] CVE-2009-3894
        http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-3894

Availability
============

This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

  http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200911-04.xml

Concerns?
=========

Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost
importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
security@g.o or alternatively, you may file a bug at
https://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2009 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5
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