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multi-gnome-terminal: Information leak


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200409-10 / multi-gnome-terminal
Release Date September 06, 2004
Latest Revision September 06, 2004: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable local
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
x11-terms/multi-gnome-terminal < 1.6.2-r1 >= 1.6.2-r1 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #62322


Active keystroke logging in multi-gnome-terminal has been discovered in potentially world-readable files. This could allow any authorized user on the system to read sensitive data, including passwords.

2.  Impact Information


multi-gnome-terminal is an enhanced terminal emulator that is derived from gnome-terminal.


multi-gnome-terminal contains debugging code that has been known to output active keystrokes to a potentially unsafe location. Output has been seen to show up in the '.xsession-errors' file in the users home directory. Since this file is world-readable on many machines, this bug has the potential to leak sensitive information to anyone using the system.


Any authorized user on the local machine has the ability to read any critical data that has been entered into the terminal, including passwords.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All multi-gnome-terminal users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge sync
# emerge -pv ">=x11-terms/multi-gnome-terminal-1.6.2-r1"
# emerge ">=x11-terms/multi-gnome-terminal-1.6.2-r1"


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