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[ GLSA 200709-11 ] GDM: Local Denial of Service
From: Raphael Marichez <falco () gentoo org>
Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2007 23:33:55 +0200

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory                           GLSA 200709-11
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  Severity: Low
     Title: GDM: Local Denial of Service
      Date: September 18, 2007
      Bugs: #187919
        ID: 200709-11

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Synopsis
========

GDM can be crashed by a local user, preventing it from managing future
displays.

Background
==========

GDM is the GNOME display manager.

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

    -------------------------------------------------------------------
     Package         /  Vulnerable  /                       Unaffected
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
  1  gnome-base/gdm      < 2.18.4                            >= 2.18.4
                                                            *>= 2.16.7

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

The result of a g_strsplit() call is incorrectly parsed in the files
daemon/gdm.c, daemon/gdmconfig.c, gui/gdmconfig.c and
gui/gdmflexiserver.c, allowing for a null pointer dereference.

Impact
======

A local user could send a crafted message to /tmp/.gdm_socket that
would trigger the null pointer dereference and crash GDM, thus
preventing it from managing future displays.

Workaround
==========

Restrict the write permissions on /tmp/.gdm_socket to trusted users
only after each GDM restart.

Resolution
==========

All GDM users should upgrade to the latest version:

    # emerge --sync
    # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "gnome-base/gdm"

References
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  [ 1 ] CVE-2007-3381
        http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2007-3381

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

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

  http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-200709-11.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 2007 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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