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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 201110-19

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 201110-19
Posted Oct 23, 2011
Authored by Gentoo | Site security.gentoo.org

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 201110-19 - Multiple vulnerabilities in the X.Org X server might allow local attackers to disclose information. Versions less than 1.10.4-r1 are affected.

tags | advisory, local, vulnerability
systems | linux, gentoo
advisories | CVE-2011-4028, CVE-2011-4029
MD5 | 6fbed75e8d858eff39d6fbe169059d94

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 201110-19

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Severity: Normal
Title: X.Org X Server: Multiple vulnerabilities
Date: October 22, 2011
Bugs: #387069
ID: 201110-19

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Synopsis
========

Multiple vulnerabilities in the X.Org X server might allow local
attackers to disclose information.

Background
==========

The X Window System is a graphical windowing system based on a
client/server model.

Affected packages
=================

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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 x11-base/xorg-server < 1.10.4-r1 *>= 1.9.5-r1
>= 1.10.4-r1

Description
===========

vladz reported the following vulnerabilities in the X.Org X server:

* The X.Org X server follows symbolic links when trying to access the
lock file for a X display, showing a predictable behavior depending
on the file type of the link target (CVE-2011-4028).
* The X.Org X server lock file mechanism allows for a race condition to
cause the X server to modify the file permissions of an arbitrary
file to 0444 (CVE-2011-4029).

Impact
======

A local attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities to disclose
information by making arbitrary files on a system world-readable or
gain information whether a specified file exists on the system and
whether it is a file, directory, or a named pipe.

Workaround
==========

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution
==========

All X.Org X Server 1.9 users should upgrade to the latest 1.9 version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=x11-base/xorg-server-1.9.5-r1"

All X.Org X Server 1.10 users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=x11-base/xorg-server-1.10.4-r1"

References
==========

[ 1 ] CVE-2011-4028
http://nvd.nist.gov/nvd.cfm?cvename=CVE-2011-4028
[ 2 ] CVE-2011-4029
http://nvd.nist.gov/nvd.cfm?cvename=CVE-2011-4029

Availability
============

This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at
the Gentoo Security Website:

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-201110-19.xml

Concerns?
=========

Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the
confidentiality and security of our users' machines is of utmost
importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to
security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at
https://bugs.gentoo.org.

License
=======

Copyright 2011 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text
belongs to its owner(s).

The contents of this document are licensed under the
Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5
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