alpine 3.8
race weakness #17


Weakness Breakdown


A race condition exists when parallel code accesses shared data without proper coordination. An attack that uses a race-condition weakness takes advantage of the unsafe data access to manipulate how one of the parallel sections of code reacts. Even though each process runs as intended, the outcome is unexpected. For example, consider a bank service that depends on an encryption key that it reads from a known location. An independent cryptography service is responsible for generating the key and placing it where the bank is expected to read it in a timely manner. If the bank and cryptography services do not coordinate with each other, then the bank may read a blank encryption key before cryptography writes the key to the location. This can effectively turn off all encryption for the bank without either service, or the administrator, knowing that something has gone wrong.

Warning code(s):

This accepts filename arguments; if an attacker can move those files or change the link content, a race condition results. Also, it does not terminate with ASCII NUL..

File Name:



The highlighted line of code below is the trigger point of this particular Alpine 3.8 race weakness.

 # undef readlink

/* readlink() wrapper that uses correct types, for systems like cygwin
   1.5.x where readlink returns int, and which rejects trailing slash,
   for Solaris 9.  */

rpl_readlink (const char *name, char *buf, size_t bufsize)
  size_t len = strlen (name);
  if (len && name[len - 1] == '/')
      /* Even if name without the slash is a symlink to a directory,
         both lstat() and stat() must resolve the trailing slash to
         the directory rather than the symlink.  We can therefore
         safely use stat() to distinguish between EINVAL and
         ENOTDIR/ENOENT, avoiding extra overhead of rpl_lstat().  */
      struct stat st;
      if (stat (name, &st) == 0)
        errno = EINVAL;
      return -1;
  return readlink (name, buf, bufsize);

#endif /* HAVE_READLINK */ 

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