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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

Overview

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.

Description

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.

Impact

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.

Solution

Apply patches for KDE 3.2.3:


ftp://ftp.kde.org/pub/kde/security_patches/post-3.2.3-kdelibs-dcopserver.patch

Vendor Information

330638
 
Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

KDE Desktop Environment Project

Updated:  August 19, 2004

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

The CERT/CC has no additional comments at this time.

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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 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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