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newsgrab -- directory traversal vulnerability


The newsgrab script creates files by using the names provided in the newsgroup messages in a perl open() call. This is done without performing any security checks to prevent a directory traversal. A specially crafted newsgroup message could cause newsgrab to drop an attachment anywhere on the file system using the permissions of the user running the script.



portaudit: newsgrab -- directory traversal vulnerability

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