how does mktemp prevent denial-of-service attack
This is an excerpt from the Linux man page for mktemp command:
"mktemp is provided to allow shell scripts to safely use temporary files. Traditionally, many shell scripts take the name of the program with the PID as a suffix and use that as a temporary filename. This kind of naming scheme is predictable and the race condition it creates is easy for an attacker to win. A safer, though still inferior approach is to make a temporary directory using the same naming scheme. While this does allow one to guarantee that a temporary file will not be subverted, it still allows a simple denial of service attack. For these reasons it is suggested that mktemp be used instead."
- How can a denial-of-service attack be carried out if a directory name is known?
- Why is it important to use mktemp to generate a sufficiently random file/directory name for temporary files?
Thanks for your answer,
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