CVE-2008-4996

NameCVE-2008-4996
Description** DISPUTED ** init in initramfs-tools 0.92f allows local users to overwrite arbitrary files via a symlink attack on the /tmp/initramfs.debug temporary file. NOTE: the vendor disputes this vulnerability, stating that "init is [used in] a single-user context; there's no possibility that this is exploitable."
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NVD severitymedium (attack range: local)
Debian Bugs496386

Vulnerable and fixed packages

The table below lists information on source packages.

Source PackageReleaseVersionStatus
initramfs-tools (PTS)jessie0.120+deb8u3vulnerable
stretch0.130vulnerable
buster, sid0.132vulnerable

The information below is based on the following data on fixed versions.

PackageTypeReleaseFixed VersionUrgencyOriginDebian Bugs
initramfs-toolssource(unstable)(unfixed)unimportant496386

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