GLSA 200804-30 KDE start_kdeinit: Multiple vulnerabilities
Posted on: 04/29/2008 03:45 PM

A new security update has been released for Gentoo Linux - KDE start_kdeinit: Multiple vulnerabilities. Here the announcement:

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200804-30
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http://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: High
Title: KDE start_kdeinit: Multiple vulnerabilities
Date: April 29, 2008
Bugs: #218933
ID: 200804-30

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Synopsis
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Multiple vulnerabilities in start_kdeinit could possibly allow a local
attacker to execute arbitrary code with root privileges.

Background
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KDE is a feature-rich graphical desktop environment for Linux and
Unix-like operating systems. start_kdeinit is a wrapper for kdeinit.

Affected packages
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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 kde-base/kdelibs lt; 4.0 *gt;= 3.5.8-r4=

*gt;= 3.5.9-r3=

gt; 4.0
lt; 3.5.5

Description
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Vulnerabilities have been reported in the processing of user-controlled
data by start_kdeinit, which is setuid root by default.

Impact
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A local attacker could possibly execute arbitrary code with root
privileges, cause a Denial of Service or send Unix signals to other
processes, when start_kdeinit is setuid root.

Workaround
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There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
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All kdelibs users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gt;=kde-base/kdelibs-3.5.8-r4"

References
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[ 1 ] CVE-2008-1671
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-1671

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-200804-30.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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