Debian: New splitvt packages fix privilege escalation

    Date21 Feb 2008
    CategoryDebian
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    Posted ByLinuxSecurity Advisories
    Mike Ashton discovered that splitvt, a utility to run two programs in a split screen, did not drop group privileges prior to executing 'xprop'. This could allow any local user to gain the privileges of group utmp.
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    Debian Security Advisory DSA-1500-1                  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    http://www.debian.org/security/                               Steve Kemp
    February 21, 2008                     http://www.debian.org/security/faq
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    Package        : splitvt
    Vulnerability  : privilege escalation
    Problem type   : local
    Debian-specific: no
    CVE Id(s)      : CVE-2008-0162
    
    Mike Ashton discovered that splitvt, a utility to run two programs in a
    split screen, did not drop group privileges prior to executing 'xprop'.
    This could allow any local user to gain the privileges of group utmp.
    
    For the stable distribution (etch), this problem has been fixed in version
    1.6.5-9etch1.
    
    For the unstable distribution (sid), this problem has been fixed in
    version 1.6.6-4.
    
    We recommend that you upgrade your splitvt package.
    
    
    Upgrade instructions
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    wget url
            will fetch the file for you
    dpkg -i file.deb
            will install the referenced file.
    
    If you are using the apt-get package manager, use the line for
    sources.list as given below:
    
    apt-get update
            will update the internal database
    apt-get upgrade
            will install corrected packages
    
    You may use an automated update by adding the resources from the
    footer to the proper configuration.
    
    
    Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 alias etch
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    Source archives:
    
      http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/splitvt/splitvt_1.6.5-9etch1.dsc
        Size/MD5 checksum:      602 38c5d340fe95abbd78edfa806618fce8
      http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/splitvt/splitvt_1.6.5-9etch1.diff.gz
        Size/MD5 checksum:    10746 ea95a61da623237d715e5b1fdce9e92a
    
    alpha architecture (DEC Alpha)
    
      http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/splitvt/splitvt_1.6.5-9etch1_alpha.deb
        Size/MD5 checksum:    41314 06622ad249f48ee2009f03ef1b4ba1ad
    
    amd64 architecture (AMD x86_64 (AMD64))
    
      http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/splitvt/splitvt_1.6.5-9etch1_amd64.deb
        Size/MD5 checksum:    37754 dd591bff5b03378ab225dbf41648e037
    
    hppa architecture (HP PA RISC)
    
      http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/splitvt/splitvt_1.6.5-9etch1_hppa.deb
        Size/MD5 checksum:    38398 f9c5dc35197dcd1b8a2843a29c200bbb
    
    i386 architecture (Intel ia32)
    
      http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/splitvt/splitvt_1.6.5-9etch1_i386.deb
        Size/MD5 checksum:    34754 70d76970fb5017197c78861c4d070cab
    
    ia64 architecture (Intel ia64)
    
      http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/splitvt/splitvt_1.6.5-9etch1_ia64.deb
        Size/MD5 checksum:    50166 d2328ca3f1d1114cc9a2497d59e0ff9a
    
    mips architecture (MIPS (Big Endian))
    
      http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/splitvt/splitvt_1.6.5-9etch1_mips.deb
        Size/MD5 checksum:    39434 3205ddfd371fd0edd5175333a5c94c1b
    
    powerpc architecture (PowerPC)
    
      http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/splitvt/splitvt_1.6.5-9etch1_powerpc.deb
        Size/MD5 checksum:    37800 7c8d9c7f20e4a4fc92531f0a5cd7bb26
    
    s390 architecture (IBM S/390)
    
      http://security.debian.org/pool/updates/main/s/splitvt/splitvt_1.6.5-9etch1_s390.deb
        Size/MD5 checksum:    37854 9c39d0109f6600022862c3ee6d1fb0c8
    
    
      These files will probably be moved into the stable distribution on
      its next update.
    
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    For apt-get: deb http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main
    For dpkg-ftp: ftp://security.debian.org/debian-security dists/stable/updates/main
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