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Tomboy: Privilege escalation


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 201401-28 / tomboy
Release Date January 26, 2014
Latest Revision January 26, 2014: 1
Impact normal
Exploitable local
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
app-misc/tomboy < 1.4.2-r1 >= 1.4.2-r1 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #356583


A vulnerability in Tomboy could result in privilege escalation.

2.  Impact Information


Tomboy is a desktop note-taking application.


Tomboy places a zero-length directory name in the LD_LIBRARY_PATH, which might result in the current working directory (.) to be included when searching for dynamically linked libraries.

NOTE: This vulnerability exists due to an incomplete fix for CVE-2005-4790 (GLSA 200711-12).


A local attacker could gain escalated privileges via a specially crafted shared library.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All Tomboy users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

  # emerge --sync
  # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-misc/tomboy-1.4.2-r1"

NOTE: This is a legacy GLSA. Updates for all affected architectures are available since March 02, 2011. It is likely that your system is already no longer affected by this issue.

4.  References


Page updated January 26, 2014

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