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SplitVT: Privilege escalation



SplitVT: Privilege escalation
SplitVT: Privilege escalation



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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 200803-05
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  Severity: High
     Title: SplitVT: Privilege escalation
      Date: March 03, 2008
      Bugs: #211240
        ID: 200803-05

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Synopsis
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A vulnerability in SplitVT may allow local users to gain escalated
privileges.

Background
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SplitVT is a program for splitting terminals into two shells.

Affected packages
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     Package           /  Vulnerable  /                     Unaffected
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  1  app-misc/splitvt     < 1.6.6-r1                       >= 1.6.6-r1

Description
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Mike Ashton reported that SplitVT does not drop group privileges before
executing the xprop utility.

Impact
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A local attacker could exploit this vulnerability to gain the "utmp"
group privileges.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All SplitVT users should upgrade to the latest version:

    # emerge --sync
    # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-misc/splitvt-1.6.6-r1"

References
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  [ 1 ] CVE-2008-0162
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-0162 

Availability
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This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200803-05.xml 

Concerns?
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Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost
importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at 
http://bugs.gentoo.org. 

License
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Copyright 2008 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5 
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