Tmpwatch Arbitrary Command Execution Vulnerability

A vulnerability exists in tmpwatch, a utility which automates the removal of temporary files in unix-like systems. An optional component of tmpwatch, fuser, improperly handles arguments to system() library calls. If an attacker creates a file with a maliciously-constructed filename including shell meta characters, and -fuser is run on this file, the attacker may be able to execute arbitrary commands, potentially compromising superuser access if tmpwatch is run with root privileges.


 

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