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CAPEC-149: Explore for Predictable Temporary File Names

Attack Pattern ID: 149
Abstraction: Detailed
Status: Draft
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+ Description
An attacker explores a target to identify the names and locations of predictable temporary files for the purpose of launching further attacks against the target. This involves analyzing naming conventions and storage locations of the temporary files created by a target application. If an attacker can predict the names of temporary files they can use this information to mount other attacks, such as information gathering and symlink attacks.
+ Typical Severity

Medium

+ Relationships

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NatureTypeIDName
ChildOfStandard Attack PatternStandard Attack Pattern - A standard level attack pattern in CAPEC is focused on a specific methodology or technique used in an attack. It is often seen as a singular piece of a fully executed attack. A standard attack pattern is meant to provide sufficient details to understand the specific technique and how it attempts to accomplish a desired goal. A standard level attack pattern is a specific type of a more abstract meta level attack pattern.497File Discovery

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+ Prerequisites
The targeted application must create names for temporary files using a predictable procedure, e.g. using sequentially increasing numbers.
The attacker must be able to see the names of the files the target is creating.
+ Resources Required
None: No specialized resources are required to execute this type of attack.
+ Content History
Submissions
Submission DateSubmitterOrganization
2014-06-23CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation
Modifications
Modification DateModifierOrganization
2017-01-09CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation
Updated Related_Attack_Patterns
2017-08-04CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation
Updated Attack_Prerequisites, Resources_Required
2019-04-04CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation
Updated Related_Attack_Patterns
2019-09-30CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation
Updated Related_Attack_Patterns
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