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KDE DCOPServer insecurely creates temporary files

Vulnerability Note VU#330638

Original Release Date: 2004-09-07 | Last Revised: 2004-10-06


KDE DCOPServer insecurely creates and maintains temporary files used for authentication purposes. Unauthorized local users may be able to modify user account information and execute arbitrary commands with the privileges of the compromised account.


The Desktop COmmunications Protocol (DCOP) is a lightweight mechanism to facilitate inter-process communication over sockets. The KDE DCOPServer is an implementation of DCOP for the KDE Desktop Environment. Reports claim the KDE DCOPServer insecurely creates temporary files potentially allowing unauthorized local users to access and modify them. Affected versions include all releases within the 3.2.x branch.


An unauthorized local user may be able to view and change user account information leading to execution of arbitrary commands with the privileges of the compromised account.


Apply patches for KDE 3.2.3:

Vendor Information


KDE Desktop Environment Project Affected

Updated:  August 19, 2004



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This vulnerability was reported by Waldo Bastian.

This document was written by Jeff Gennari.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2004-0690
Severity Metric: 0.46
Date Public: 2004-08-11
Date First Published: 2004-09-07
Date Last Updated: 2004-10-06 15:41 UTC
Document Revision: 111

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