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newsgrab -- insecure file and directory creation


The newsgrab script uses insecure permissions during the creation of the local output directory and downloaded files.

After a file is created, permissions on it are set using the mode value of the newsgroup posting. This can potentially be a problem when the mode is not restrictive enough. In addition, the output directory is created with world writable permissions allowing other users to drop symlinks or other files at that location.



portaudit: newsgrab -- insecure file and directory creation

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Oliver Eikemeier <>