alpine 3.9
misc weakness #446


Weakness Breakdown


The software specifies permissions for a security-critical resource in a way that allows the resource to be read or modified by unintended actors.

Warning code(s):

This function is obsolete and not portable. It was in SUSv2 but removed by POSIX.2. What it does exactly varies considerably between systems, particularly in where its prompt is displayed and where it gets its data.

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The highlighted line of code below is the trigger point of this particular Alpine 3.9 misc weakness.

 * Copyright (C) 1986-2005 The Free Software Foundation, Inc.
 * Portions Copyright (C) 1998-2005 Derek Price, Ximbiot <>,
 *                                  and others.
 * Portions Copyright (c) 1995, Cyclic Software, Bloomington, IN, USA
 * You may distribute under the terms of the GNU General Public License as
 * specified in the README file that comes with CVS.
 * Allow user to log in for an authenticating server.

#include "cvs.h"
#include "getline.h"
extern char * getpass (const char *prompt);

#ifdef AUTH_CLIENT_SUPPORT   /* This covers the rest of the file. */

/* There seems to be very little agreement on which system header
   getpass is declared in.  With a lot of fancy autoconfiscation,
   we could perhaps detect this, but for now we'll just rely on
   _CRAY, since Cray is perhaps the only system on which our own
   declaration won't work (some Crays declare the 2#$ @% thing as
   varadic, believe it or not).  On Cray, getpass will be declared
   in either stdlib.h or unistd.h.  */

#define CVS_PASSWORD_FILE ".cvspass"

/* If non-NULL, get_cvs_password() will just return this. */
static char *cvs_password = NULL;

static char *construct_cvspass_filename PROTO ((void));

/* The return value will need to be freed. */
static char *
construct_cvspass_filename ()
    char *homedir;
    char *passfile;

    /* Environment should override file. */
    if ((passfile = getenv ("CVS_PASSFILE")) != NULL)
	return xstrdup (passfile);

    /* Construct absolute pathname to user's password file. */
    /* todo: does this work under OS/2 ? */ 

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