Multiple vulnerabilities in start_kdeinit could possibly allow a local attacker to execute arbitrary code with root privileges.
|Package||kde-base/kdelibs on all architectures|
|Affected versions||< 4.0|
|Unaffected versions||revision >= 3.5.8-r4
revision >= 3.5.9-r3
revision >= 3.5.10-r2
KDE is a feature-rich graphical desktop environment for Linux and Unix-like operating systems. start_kdeinit is a wrapper for kdeinit.
Vulnerabilities have been reported in the processing of user-controlled data by start_kdeinit, which is setuid root by default.
A local attacker could possibly execute arbitrary code with root privileges, cause a Denial of Service or send Unix signals to other processes, when start_kdeinit is setuid root.
There is no known workaround at this time.
All kdelibs users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=kde-base/kdelibs-3.5.8-r4"
April 29, 2008
April 08, 2009: 02