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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 11:26 pm    Post subject: [ GLSA 200802-07 ] Pulseaudio: Privilege escalation Reply with quote

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Title: Pulseaudio: Privilege escalation (GLSA 200802-07)
Severity: high
Exploitable: local
Date: February 13, 2008
Bug(s): #207214
ID: 200802-07

Synopsis

A vulnerability in pulseaudio may allow a local user to execute actions with escalated privileges.

Background

Pulseaudio is a networked sound server with an advanced plugin system.

Affected Packages

Package: media-sound/pulseaudio
Vulnerable: < 0.9.9
Unaffected: >= 0.9.9
Architectures: All supported architectures


Description

Marcus Meissner from SUSE reported that the pa_drop_root() function does not properly check the return value of the system calls setuid(), seteuid(), setresuid() and setreuid() when dropping its privileges.

Impact

A local attacker could cause a resource exhaustion to make the system calls fail, which would cause Pulseaudio to run as root. The attacker could then perform actions with root privileges.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All Pulseaudio users should upgrade to the latest version:
Code:
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=media-sound/pulseaudio-0.9.9"


References

CVE-2008-0008
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