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Ubuntu Security Notice USN-4614-1

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-4614-1
Posted Nov 3, 2020
Authored by Ubuntu | Site security.ubuntu.com

Ubuntu Security Notice 4614-1 - 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.

tags | advisory, local
systems | linux, ubuntu
advisories | CVE-2020-16125
MD5 | 39b3740000f421ed649cff459f6228fa

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-4614-1

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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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