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Ubuntu 4614-1: GDM vulnerability

Date 03 Nov 2020
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Posted By LinuxSecurity Advisories
GDM could be made to create privileged users.
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Ubuntu Security Notice USN-4614-1
November 03, 2020

gdm3 vulnerability
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A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

- Ubuntu 20.10
- Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Summary:

GDM could be made to create privileged users.

Software Description:
- gdm3: GNOME Display Manager

Details:

Kevin Backhouse discovered that GDM incorrectly launched the initial setup
tool when the accountsservice daemon was not reachable. A local attacker
able to cause accountsservice to crash or stop responding could trick GDM
into launching the initial setup tool and create a privileged user.

Update instructions:

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following
package versions:

Ubuntu 20.10:
  gdm3                            3.38.1-2ubuntu1.1

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS:
  gdm3                            3.36.3-0ubuntu0.20.04.2

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS:
  gdm3                            3.28.3-0ubuntu18.04.6

After a standard system update you need to reboot your computer to make
all the necessary changes.

References:
  https://usn.ubuntu.com/4614-1
  CVE-2020-16125

Package Information:
  https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gdm3/3.38.1-2ubuntu1.1
  https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gdm3/3.36.3-0ubuntu0.20.04.2
  https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gdm3/3.28.3-0ubuntu18.04.6

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