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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2008.0443 -- [UNIX/Linux]
KDE - start_kdeinit multiple vulnerabilities
30 April 2008
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Operating System: UNIX variants (UNIX, Linux, OSX)
Impact: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands
Access: Existing Account
CVE Names: CVE-2008-1671
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KDE Security Advisory: start_kdeinit multiple vulnerabilities
Original Release Date: 2008-04-26
1. Systems affected:
start_kdeinit of KDE 3.x as of KDE 3.5.5 or newer. KDE 4.0
and newer is not affected. Only Linux platform is affected.
start_kdeinit is a wrapper to launch kdeinit with a lower OOM
score on Linux. This helper is used to ensure that a
single KDE application triggering the Linux kernel OOM killer
does not kill the whole KDE session. By default,
start_kdeinit is installed as setuid root. The start_kdeinit
processing of user-influenceable input is faulty.
If start_kdeinit is installed as setuid root, a local user
might be able to send unix signals to other processes, cause
a denial of service or even possibly execute arbitrary code.
Source code patches have been made available which fix these
vulnerabilities. Contact your OS vendor / binary package provider
for information about how to obtain updated binary packages.
A patch for KDE 3.5.5 - KDE 3.5.9 is available from
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