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kdebase, kdelibs: Multiple security issues


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200408-13 / kde, kdebase, kdelibs
Release Date August 12, 2004
Latest Revision August 12, 2004: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote and local
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
kde-base/kdebase < 3.2.3-r1 >= 3.2.3-r1 All supported architectures
kde-base/kdelibs < 3.2.3-r1 >= 3.2.3-r1 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #60068


KDE contains three security issues that can allow an attacker to compromise system accounts, cause a Denial of Service, or spoof websites via frame injection.

2.  Impact Information


KDE is a powerful Free Software graphical desktop environment for Linux and Unix-like Operating Systems.


KDE contains three security issues:

  • Insecure handling of temporary files when running KDE applications outside of the KDE environment
  • DCOPServer creates temporary files in an insecure manner
  • The Konqueror browser allows websites to load webpages into a target frame of any other open frame-based webpage


An attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities to create or overwrite files with the permissions of another user, compromise the account of users running a KDE application and insert arbitrary frames into an otherwise trusted webpage.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time. All users are encouraged to upgrade to the latest available version of kdebase.


All KDE users should upgrade to the latest versions of kdelibs and kdebase:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge sync
# emerge -pv ">=kde-base/kdebase-3.2.3-r1"
# emerge ">=kde-base/kdebase-3.2.3-r1"
# emerge -pv ">=kde-base/kdelibs-3.2.3-r1"
# emerge ">=kde-base/kdelibs-3.2.3-r1"

4.  References


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