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A special type of file that references an inexistent or existing file or directory. The contents of a symbolic link consist of an arbitrary string that is the path to the file that the symbolic link points to. When the symlink is encountered during pathname resolution, the string stored by the file is used to modify the pathname resolution.

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Linux-based systems are vulnerable to symlink race attacks from unprivileged UID processes. For example, a PHP process on a shared hosting can create a symlink to /etc/passwd in a directory where … Apache httpd will serve it to anybody on the Internet. For other examples of symlink-related issues, see https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvekey.cgi?keyword=linux+symlink+race I'd like some way to protect …
asked Mar 14 by Ján Lalinský