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Vulnerability Assessment Details

MDKSA-2003:017-1: pam

Vulnerability Assessment Summary
Check for the version of the pam package

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Assessment

The remote host is missing the patch for the advisory MDKSA-2003:017-1 (pam).


Andreas Beck discovered that the pam_xauth module would forward authorization
information from the root account to unprivileged users. This can be exploited
by a local attacker to gain access to the root user's X session. In order for it
to be successfully exploited, the attacker would have to somehow get the root
user to su to the account belonging to the attacker.
Update:
The previous fix was incorrect because certain applications, such as userdrake
and net_monitor could not be executed as root, although they could be executed
as users who successfully authenticated as root.


Solution : http://wwwnew.mandriva.com/security/advisories?name=MDKSA-2003:017-1
Network Security Threat Level: High

Networks Security ID: 6753

Vulnerability Assessment Copyright: This script is Copyright (C) 2004 Tenable Network Security

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