GLSA 200611-03 NVIDIA binary graphics driver: Privilege escalation vulnerability
Posted on: 11/08/2006 12:45 AM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - NVIDIA binary graphics driver: Privilege escalation vulnerability. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200611-03
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: High
Title: NVIDIA binary graphics driver: Privilege escalation
vulnerability
Date: November 07, 2006
Bugs: #151635
ID: 200611-03

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Synopsis
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The NVIDIA binary graphics driver is vulnerable to a local privilege
escalation through an X session.

Background
==========

The NVIDIA binary graphics driver from NVIDIA Corporation provides the
kernel module and the GL modules for graphic acceleration on the NVIDIA
based graphic cards.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers lt; 1.0.8776 gt;= 1.0.8776
lt; 1.0-8762

Description
===========

Rapid7 reported a boundary error in the NVIDIA binary graphics driver
that leads to a buffer overflow in the accelerated rendering
functionality.

Impact
======

An X client could trigger the buffer overflow with a maliciously
crafted series of glyphs. A remote attacker could also entice a user to
open a specially crafted web page, document or X client that will
trigger the buffer overflow. This could result in the execution of
arbitrary code with root privileges or at least in the crash of the X
server.

Workaround
==========

Disable the accelerated rendering functionality in the Device section
of xorg.conf :
Option "RenderAccel" "false"

Resolution
==========

NVIDIA binary graphics driver users should upgrade to the latest
version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers-1.0.8776"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2006-5379
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2006-5379

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-200611-03.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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