GLSA 200710-16 X.Org X server: Composite local privilege escalation
Posted on: 10/15/2007 01:55 AM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - X.Org X server: Composite local privilege escalation. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200710-16
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: High
Title: X.Org X server: Composite local privilege escalation
Date: October 14, 2007
Bugs: #191964
ID: 200710-16

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Synopsis
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A vulnerability has been discovered in the Composite extension of the
X.Org X server, allowing for a local privilege escalation.

Background
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The X Window System is a graphical windowing system based on a
client/server model.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 x11-base/xorg-server lt; 1.3.0.0-r1 gt;= 1.3.0.0-r1

Description
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Aaron Plattner discovered a buffer overflow in the compNewPixmap()
function when copying data from a large pixel depth pixmap into a
smaller pixel depth pixmap.

Impact
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A local attacker could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of
the user running the X server, typically root.

Workaround
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Disable the Composite extension by setting ' Option "Composite"
"disable" ' in the Extensions section of xorg.conf.

Note: This could affect the functionality of some applications.

Resolution
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All X.Org X server users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=x11-base/xorg-server-1.3.0.0-r1"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2007-4730
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2007-4730

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-200710-16.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 2007 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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