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XScreenSaver: Privilege escalation


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200705-14 / xscreensaver
Release Date May 13, 2007
Latest Revision May 13, 2007: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable local
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
x11-misc/xscreensaver < 5.02 >= 5.02 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #176584


XScreenSaver allows local users to bypass authentication under certain configurations.

2.  Impact Information


XScreenSaver is a widely used screen saver collection shipped on systems running the X11 Window System.


XScreenSaver incorrectly handles the results of the getpwuid() function in drivers/lock.c when using directory servers during a network outage.


A local user can crash XScreenSaver by preventing network connectivity if the system uses a remote directory service for credentials such as NIS or LDAP, which will unlock the screen.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All XScreenSaver users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=x11-misc/xscreensaver-5.02"

4.  References


Page updated May 13, 2007

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