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[ GLSA 200803-05 ] SplitVT: Privilege escalation
From: Pierre-Yves Rofes <py () gentoo org>
Date: Mon, 03 Mar 2008 22:48:59 +0100

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 200803-05
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  Severity: High
     Title: SplitVT: Privilege escalation
      Date: March 03, 2008
      Bugs: #211240
        ID: 200803-05

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Synopsis
========

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

Background
==========

SplitVT is a program for splitting terminals into two shells.

Affected packages
=================

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     Package           /  Vulnerable  /                     Unaffected
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
  1  app-misc/splitvt     < 1.6.6-r1                       >= 1.6.6-r1

Description
===========

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

Impact
======

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

Workaround
==========

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
==========

All SplitVT users should upgrade to the latest version:

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

References
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  [ 1 ] CVE-2008-0162
        http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2008-0162

Availability
============

This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

  http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200803-05.xml

Concerns?
=========

Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
confidentiality and security of our users machines is of utmost
importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
security () gentoo org or alternatively, you may file a bug at
http://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
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Copyright 2008 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5
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