Exploits Discovered - Published CVE-2019-17365
Title: Nix per-user profile directory hijack
Author: Michael Orlitzky
Fixedin: Nix pull request 3136 and Nix version 2.3.2.
Out of the box, Nix creates an empty, world-writable, per-user profile directory. After Nix is installed but before a victim has (re)logged in, the victim's personal profile directory can be hijacked by an attacker on on the system who has no other special privileges. Thenceforth, the attacker controls that profile directory and can take over the target account.
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