GLSA 200409-10: multi-gnome-terminal: Information leak
Posted on: 09/06/2004 05:13 PM

A multi-gnome-terminal update has been released for Gentoo Linux

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200409-10
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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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
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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-200409-10.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 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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