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multi-gnome-terminal: Information leak GLSA 200409-10



[ GLSA 200409-10 ] multi-gnome-terminal: Information leak

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 200409-10
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  Severity: Normal
     Title: multi-gnome-terminal: Information leak
      Date: September 06, 2004
      Bugs: #62322
        ID: 200409-10

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Synopsis
========

Active keystroke logging in multi-gnome-terminal has been discovered in
potentially world-readable files. This could allow any authorized user
on the system to read sensitive data, including passwords.

Background
==========

multi-gnome-terminal is an enhanced terminal emulator that is derived
from gnome-terminal.

Affected packages
=================

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     Package                         /  Vulnerable  /       Unaffected
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  1  x11-terms/multi-gnome-terminal     < 1.6.2-r1         >= 1.6.2-r1

Description
===========

multi-gnome-terminal contains debugging code that has been known to
output active keystrokes to a potentially unsafe location. Output has
been seen to show up in the '.xsession-errors' file in the users home
directory. Since this file is world-readable on many machines, this bug
has the potential to leak sensitive information to anyone using the
system.

Impact
======

Any authorized user on the local machine has the ability to read any
critical data that has been entered into the terminal, including
passwords.

Workaround
==========

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
==========

All multi-gnome-terminal users should upgrade to the latest version:

    # emerge sync

    # emerge -pv ">=x11-terms/multi-gnome-terminal-1.6.2-r1"
    # emerge ">=x11-terms/multi-gnome-terminal-1.6.2-r1"

Availability
============

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

  http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200409-10.xml 

Concerns?
=========

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
=======

Copyright 2004 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/1.0 

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