GLSA 200611-17 fvwm: fvwm-menu-directory fvwm command injection
Posted on: 11/24/2006 01:25 AM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - fvwm: fvwm-menu-directory fvwm command injection. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200611-17
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: fvwm: fvwm-menu-directory fvwm command injection
Date: November 23, 2006
Bugs: #155078
ID: 200611-17

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Synopsis
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A flaw in fvwm-menu-directory may permit a local attacker to execute
arbitrary commands with the privileges of another user.

Background
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fvwm is a highly configurable virtual window manager for X11 desktops.
fvwm-menu-directory allows fvwm users to browse directories from within
fvwm.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 x11-wm/fvwm lt; 2.5.18-r1 gt;= 2.5.18-r1

Description
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Tavis Ormandy of the Gentoo Linux Security Audit Team discovered that
fvwm-menu-directory does not sufficiently sanitise directory names
prior to generating menus.

Impact
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A local attacker who can convince an fvwm-menu-directory user to browse
a directory they control could cause fvwm commands to be executed with
the privileges of the fvwm user. Fvwm commands can be used to execute
arbitrary shell commands.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All fvwm users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=x11-wm/fvwm-2.5.18-r1"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2006-5969
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2006-5969

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-200611-17.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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