Xorg-Server Update for Arch Linux
Posted on: 10/30/2018 08:10 AM

A Xorg-Server security update is available for Arch Linux

Xorg-Server Update for Arch Linux


Arch Linux Security Advisory ASA-201810-15
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Severity: High
Date : 2018-10-29
CVE-ID : CVE-2018-14665
Package : xorg-server
Type : privilege escalation
Remote : Yes
Link : https://security.archlinux.org/AVG-788

Summary
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The package xorg-server before version 1.20.3-1 is vulnerable to
privilege escalation.

Resolution
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Upgrade to 1.20.3-1.

# pacman -Syu "xorg-server>=1.20.3-1"

The problem has been fixed upstream in version 1.20.3.

Workaround
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None.

Description
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Incorrect command-line parameter validation in the Xorg X server can
lead to privilege elevation and/or arbitrary files overwrite, when the
X server is installed with the setuid bit set and unprivileged users
have the ability to log in to the system via physical console.

The -modulepath argument can be used to specify an insecure path to
modules that are going to be loaded in the X server, allowing to
execute unprivileged code in the privileged process.

The -logfile argument can be used to overwrite arbitrary files in the
file system, due to incorrect checks in the parsing of the option.

Impact
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A local attacker can elevate privileges to root by passing crafted
parameters to the Xorg X server.

References
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https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/xorg/xserver/commit/50c0cf885a6e91c0ea71fb49fa8f1b7c86fe330e
https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/xorg/xserver/commit/032b1d79b7
https://www.openwall.com/lists/oss-security/2018/10/25/1
https://security.archlinux.org/CVE-2018-14665




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