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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 201201-16

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 201201-16
Posted Jan 27, 2012
Authored by Gentoo | Site security.gentoo.org

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 201201-16 - A debugging functionality in the X.Org X Server that is bound to a hotkey by default can be used by local attackers to circumvent screen locking utilities. Versions less than 2.4.1-r3 are affected.

tags | advisory, local
systems | linux, gentoo
advisories | CVE-2012-0064
MD5 | 3726caa441036a10e412b117ebfbb563

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 201201-16

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Severity: Normal
Title: X.Org X Server/X Keyboard Configuration Database: Screen lock
bypass
Date: January 27, 2012
Bugs: #399347
ID: 201201-16

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Synopsis
========

A debugging functionality in the X.Org X Server that is bound to a
hotkey by default can be used by local attackers to circumvent screen
locking utilities.

Background
==========

The X Keyboard Configuration Database provides keyboard configuration
for various X server implementations.

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

-------------------------------------------------------------------
Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
-------------------------------------------------------------------
1 x11-misc/xkeyboard-config
< 2.4.1-r3 >= 2.4.1-r3=20
-------------------------------------------------------------------
# Package 1 only applies to users of these architectures:
amd64, arm, hppa, x86

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

Starting with the =x11-base/xorg-server-1.11 package, the X.Org X
Server again provides debugging functionality that can be used
terminate an application that exclusively grabs mouse and keyboard
input, like screen locking utilities.

Gu1 reported that the X Keyboard Configuration Database maps this
functionality by default to the Ctrl+Alt+Numpad * key combination.

Impact
======

A physically proximate attacker could exploit this vulnerability to
gain access to a locked X session without providing the correct
credentials.

Workaround
==========

Downgrade to any version of x11-base/xorg-server below
x11-base/xorg-server-1.11:

# emerge --oneshot --verbose "<x11-base/xorg-server-1.11"

Resolution
==========

All xkeyboard-config users should upgrade to the latest version:

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot -v ">=x11-misc/xkeyboard-config-2.4.1-r3"

NOTE: The X.Org X Server 1.11 was only stable on the AMD64, ARM, HPPA,
and x86 architectures. Users of the stable branches of all other
architectures are not affected and will be directly provided with a
fixed X Keyboard Configuration Database version.

References
==========

[ 1 ] CVE-2012-0064
http://nvd.nist.gov/nvd.cfm?cvename=CVE-2012-0064

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

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

http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-201201-16.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 2012 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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