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X.Org fails to check for setuid failure on Linux systems

Vulnerability Note VU#300368

Original Release Date: 2006-10-25 | Last Revised: 2006-10-25

Overview

Programs distributed as part of the X.Org software distribution fail to properly handle test results for effective user ID. This vulnerability may lead to privilege escalation.

Description

Linux, like most Unix systems, provides a system call, setuid(), to set the effective user ID of a process. A vulnerability exists in X.Org versions 6.7.0 through 7.1 on systems where setuid() may fail, even when invoked by a process running as root. In reference to systems using the Linux 2.6 kernel, X.Org Security Advisory, June 20th, 2006 states:

This is because there is a 'maximum processes' ulimit, which is honoured by setuid(), seteuid(), and setgid(). These functions may fail because of this ulimit; if the return value is not checked, then code which is assumed to be running unprivileged, may in fact be running with uid 0.
This vulnerability is exposed on systems based on the Linux 2.6 kernel through any program supplied with the X.Org distribution that typically runs with elevated privileges (setuid to root), such as xterm, xdm, the X server, etc.

Impact

This vulnerability may allow an authenticated attacker to run arbitrary code with elevated privileges.

Solution

Upgrade or apply a patch from the vendor
Patches have been released to address this issue. See the systems affected section of this document for information about specific vendors. Users who compile the X.Org software distribution from source are encouraged to update to the most recent version.

Vendor Information

300368
 
Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

Debian GNU/Linux

Updated:  October 12, 2006

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

Refer to Debian Security Advisory dsa-1193.

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Gentoo Linux

Updated:  October 12, 2006

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

Refer to Gentoo Security Advisory glsa-200608-25.

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Mandriva, Inc.

Updated:  October 12, 2006

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

Refer to Mandriva Advisory MDKSA-2006:160.

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X.org Foundation

Updated:  October 25, 2006

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

Refer to X.Org Security Advisory, June 20th, 2006.

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CVSS Metrics

Group Score Vector
Base N/A N/A
Temporal N/A N/A
Environmental N/A

References

Acknowledgements

This issue was reported in X.Org Security Advisory, June 20th, 2006. X.Org credits Dirk Mueller and Marcus Meissner for reporting this issue.

This document was written by Chris Taschner.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2006-4447
Severity Metric: 0.07
Date Public: 2006-08-29
Date First Published: 2006-10-25
Date Last Updated: 2006-10-25 18:14 UTC
Document Revision: 19

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