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Security Advisories: MDE2OlNlY3VyaXR5QWR2aXNvcnlHSFNBLWp2OWMtdzc0cS02NzYy

Insecure permissions on build temporary rootfs in Singularity


Insecure permissions on temporary directories used in explicit and implicit container build operations.

When a Singularity command that results in a container build operation is executed, it is possible for a user with access to the system to read the contents of the image during the build. Additionally, if the image contains a world-writable file or directory, it is possible for a user to inject arbitrary content into the running build, which in certain circumstances may enable arbitrary code execution during the build and/or when the built container is run.


This issue is addressed in Singularity 3.6.3.

All users are advised to upgrade to 3.6.3.


The issue is mitigated if TMPDIR is set to a location that is only accessible to the user, as any subdirectories directly under TMPDIR cannot then be accessed by others. However, this is difficult to enforce so it is not recommended to rely on this as a mitigation.

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Source: GitHub Advisory Database
Origin: Unspecified
Severity: High
Classification: General
Published: almost 3 years ago
Updated: about 1 year ago

CVSS Score: 8.8
CVSS vector: CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:L/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Identifiers: GHSA-jv9c-w74q-6762, CVE-2020-25040

Affected Packages
Versions: < 3.6.3
Fixed in: 3.6.3