[ GLSA 201812-10 ] GKSu: Arbitrary command execution


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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 201812-10
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https://security.gentoo.org/
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Severity: Normal
Title: GKSu: Arbitrary command execution
Date: December 30, 2018
Bugs: #534540
ID: 201812-10

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Synopsis

A vulnerability in GKSu might allow attackers to execute arbitrary
commands.

Background

A library that provides a Gtk+ frontend to su and sudo.

Affected packages

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Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected
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1 x11-libs/gksu < 2.0.2 Vulnerable!
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NOTE: Certain packages are still vulnerable. Users should migrate
to another package if one is available or wait for the
existing packages to be marked stable by their
architecture maintainers.

Description

A vulnerability was discovered in GKSu's gksu-run-helper.

Impact

An attacker could execute arbitrary commands.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

Gentoo has discontinued support for GKSu and recommends that users
unmerge the package:

# emerge –unmerge "x11-libs/gksu"

References

[ 1 ] CVE-2014-2886
https://nvd.nist.gov/vuln/detail/CVE-2014-2886

Availability

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

https://security.gentoo.org/glsa/201812-10

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 2018 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.

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

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