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|Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 5:26 pm Post subject: [ GLSA 200804-12 ] gnome-screensaver: Privilege escalation
|Gentoo Linux Security Advisory
Title: gnome-screensaver: Privilege escalation (GLSA 200804-12)
Date: April 11, 2008
gnome-screensaver allows local users to bypass authentication under certain configurations.
gnome-screensaver is a screensaver, designed to integrate with the Gnome desktop, that can replace xscreensaver.
Vulnerable: < 2.20.0-r3
Unaffected: >= 2.20.0-r3
Architectures: All supported architectures
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.
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.
There is no known workaround at this time.
All gnome-screensaver users should upgrade to the latest version:
|# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=gnome-extra/gnome-screensaver-2.20.0-r3"