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gnome-screensaver: Privilege escalation


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200804-12 / gnome-screensaver
Release Date April 11, 2008
Latest Revision April 11, 2008: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable local
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
gnome-extra/gnome-screensaver < 2.20.0-r3 >= 2.20.0-r3 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #213940


gnome-screensaver allows local users to bypass authentication under certain configurations.

2.  Impact Information


gnome-screensaver is a screensaver, designed to integrate with the Gnome desktop, that can replace xscreensaver.


gnome-screensaver incorrectly handles the results of the getpwuid() function in the file src/setuid.c when using directory servers (like NIS) during a network outage, a similar issue to GLSA 200705-14.


A local user can crash gnome-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 gnome-screensaver users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=gnome-extra/gnome-screensaver-2.20.0-r3"

4.  References


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