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gnome-screensaver: Privilege escalation



gnome-screensaver: Privilege escalation
gnome-screensaver: Privilege escalation




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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 200804-12
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  Severity: Normal
     Title: gnome-screensaver: Privilege escalation
      Date: April 11, 2008
      Bugs: #213940
        ID: 200804-12

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Synopsis
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gnome-screensaver allows local users to bypass authentication under
certain configurations.

Background
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gnome-screensaver is a screensaver, designed to integrate with the
Gnome desktop, that can replace xscreensaver.

Affected packages
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     Package                        /   Vulnerable   /      Unaffected
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  1  gnome-extra/gnome-screensaver      < 2.20.0-r3       >= 2.20.0-r3

Description
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gnome-screensaver incorrectly handles the results of the getpwuid()
function in the file src/setuid.c when using directory servers (like
NIS) during a network outage, a similar issue to GLSA 200705-14.

Impact
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A local user can crash gnome-xscreensaver by preventing network
connectivity if the system uses a remote directory service for
credentials such as NIS or LDAP, which will unlock the screen.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All gnome-screensaver users should upgrade to the latest version:

    # emerge --sync
    # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=gnome-extra/gnome-screensaver-2.20.0-r3"

References
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  [ 1 ] CVE-2008-0887
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-0887 
  [ 2 ] GLSA 200705-14
http://www.gentoo.org/security/en/glsa/glsa-200705-14.xml 

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-200804-12.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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