GLSA 200606-14 GDM: Privilege escalation
Posted on: 06/12/2006 09:42 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - GDM: Privilege escalation. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200606-14
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: High
Title: GDM: Privilege escalation
Date: June 12, 2006
Bugs: #135027
ID: 200606-14

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Synopsis
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An authentication error in GDM could allow users to gain elevated
privileges.

Background
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GDM is the GNOME display manager.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 gnome-base/gdm lt; 2.8.0.8 gt;= 2.8.0.8

Description
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GDM allows a normal user to access the configuration manager.

Impact
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When the "face browser" in GDM is enabled, a normal user can use the
"configure login manager" with his/her own password instead of the root
password, and thus gain additional privileges.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All GDM users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=gnome-base/gdm-2.8.0.8"

References
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[ 1 ] Gnome Bugzilla entry
http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id43476
[ 2 ] CVE-2006-2452
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name 06-2452

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-200606-14.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 2006 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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