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SplitVT: Privilege escalation


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200803-05 / splitvt
Release Date March 03, 2008
Latest Revision March 03, 2008: 01
Impact high
Exploitable local
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
app-misc/splitvt < 1.6.6-r1 >= 1.6.6-r1 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #211240


A vulnerability in SplitVT may allow local users to gain escalated privileges.

2.  Impact Information


SplitVT is a program for splitting terminals into two shells.


Mike Ashton reported that SplitVT does not drop group privileges before executing the xprop utility.


A local attacker could exploit this vulnerability to gain the "utmp" group privileges.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All SplitVT users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-misc/splitvt-1.6.6-r1"

4.  References


Page updated March 03, 2008

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