Updated Perl packages that fix security a security issue are now available for CentOS Linux 4. This update has been rated as having important security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.
Perl is a high-level programming language commonly used for system administration utilities and Web programming. Kevin Finisterre discovered a flaw in sperl, the Perl setuid wrapper, which can cause debugging information to be logged to arbitrary files. By setting an environment variable, a local user could cause sperl to create, as root, files with arbitrary filenames, or append the debugging information to existing files. (CVE-2005-0155) A fix for this issue was first included in the update RHSA-2005:103 released in February 2005. However the patch to correct this issue was dropped from the update RHSA-2005:674 made in October 2005. This regression has been assigned CVE-2006-3813. Users of Perl are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to correct this issue.
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