iDefense Security Advisory 01.17.08
Jan 17, 2008
The X Window System (or X11) is a graphical windowing system used on
Unix-like systems. It is based on a client/server model. More
information about about The X Window system is available at the
Local exploitation of an information disclosure vulnerability in the
X.Org X server, as included in various vendors' operating system
distributions, could allow an attacker to gain access to sensitive
information stored in server memory.
The vulnerable code exists within the TOG-CUP extension. A 32-bit client
supplied value is taken directly from the request, and then used as an
index into an array. The value located at this index is then stored
into a buffer which is later sent to the client. This allows a client
to read memory from arbitrary locations in server memory.
Exploitation allows an attacker to read arbitrary memory within the X
Server's address space.
By itself, the impact of this vulnerability is minimal. However, when
coupled with a code execution vulnerability, this vulnerability can be
used to greatly increase the reliability of an exploit.
If an X Server is configured to listen for TCP based client connections,
and a client is granted access to create sessions (via the xhosts file),
then the vulnerability can be exploited remotely.
iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in X.Org X11
version R7.3. Previous versions may also be affected.
If the TOG-CUP extension has not been built-in to the server, then it
can be prevented from loading by inserting the following into the X
configuration file (usually in /etc/X11/xorg.conf).
Option "omit TOG-CUP"
To check if the extension is built-in to the server, grep the output of
the X Server log file as shown below.
grep built-in /var/log/Xorg.0.log
The result will list all built in extensions. The location of the log
file may need to be changed.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
The X.Org team has addressed this vulnerability with the release of
Xserver version 1.4.1. Additionally, patches for versions 1.4 and 1.2
have been made available. For more information, consult the X.Org
advisory at the following URL.
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2007-6428 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
11/29/2007 Initial vendor notification
12/13/2007 Initial vendor response
01/17/2008 Coordinated public disclosure
This vulnerability was reported to VeriSign iDefense by regenrecht.
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