GLSA 200608-12 x11vnc: Authentication bypass in included LibVNCServer code
Posted on: 08/07/2006 09:52 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - x11vnc: Authentication bypass in included LibVNCServer code. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200608-12
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: High
Title: x11vnc: Authentication bypass in included LibVNCServer code
Date: August 07, 2006
Bugs: #142559
ID: 200608-12

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Synopsis
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VNC servers created with x11vnc accept insecure protocol types, even
when the server does not offer it, resulting in the possibility of
unauthorized access to the server.

Background
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x11vnc provides VNC servers for X displays.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 x11-misc/x11vnc lt; 0.8.1 gt;= 0.8.1

Description
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x11vnc includes vulnerable LibVNCServer code, which fails to properly
validate protocol types effectively letting users decide what protocol
to use, such as "Type 1 - None" (GLSA-200608-05). x11vnc will accept
this security type, even if it is not offered by the server.

Impact
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An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to gain unauthorized
access with the privileges of the user running the VNC server.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All x11vnc users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=x11-misc/x11vnc-0.8.1"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2006-2450
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2006-2450
[ 2 ] GLSA-200608-05
http://www.gentoo.org/security/en/glsa/glsa-200608-05.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-200608-12.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 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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