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USN278-1 : gdm vulnerabilitiy

Vulnerability Assessment Summary
gdm vulnerabilitiy

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Assessment

Summary :

The remote package "gdm" is missing a security patch.

Description :

Marcus Meissner discovered a race condition in gdm's handling of the
~/.ICEauthority file permissions. A local attacker could exploit this
to become the owner of an arbitrary file in the system. When getting
control over automatically executed scripts (like cron jobs), the
attacker could eventually leverage this flaw to execute arbitrary
commands with root rights.

Solution :

Upgrade to :
- gdm-2.8.0.5-0ubuntu1.1 (Ubuntu 5.10)



Network Security Threat Level: High


Networks Security ID:

Vulnerability Assessment Copyright: Ubuntu Security Notice (C) 2005 Canonical, Inc. / NASL script (C) 2005 Michel Arboi

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