GLSA 200802-07 Pulseaudio: Privilege escalation
Posted on: 02/14/2008 12:10 AM

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

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200802-07
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: High
Title: Pulseaudio: Privilege escalation
Date: February 13, 2008
Bugs: #207214
ID: 200802-07

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Synopsis
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A vulnerability in pulseaudio may allow a local user to execute actions
with escalated privileges.

Background
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Pulseaudio is a networked sound server with an advanced plugin system.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 media-sound/pulseaudio lt; 0.9.9 gt;= 0.9.9

Description
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Marcus Meissner from SUSE reported that the pa_drop_root() function
does not properly check the return value of the system calls setuid(),
seteuid(), setresuid() and setreuid() when dropping its privileges.

Impact
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A local attacker could cause a resource exhaustion to make the system
calls fail, which would cause Pulseaudio to run as root. The attacker
could then perform actions with root privileges.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All Pulseaudio users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=media-sound/pulseaudio-0.9.9"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2008-0008
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-0008

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-200802-07.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 2008 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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