Linux-PAM: Multiple vulnerabilities — GLSA 201206-31

Multiple vulnerabilities have been found in Linux-PAM, allowing local attackers to possibly gain escalated privileges, cause a Denial of Service, corrupt data, or obtain sensitive information.

Affected packages

sys-libs/pam on all architectures
Affected versions < 1.1.5
Unaffected versions >= 1.1.5


Linux-PAM (Pluggable Authentication Modules) is an architecture allowing the separation of the development of privilege granting software from the development of secure and appropriate authentication schemes.


Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Linux-PAM. Please review the CVE identifiers referenced below for details.


A local attacker could use specially crafted files to cause a buffer overflow, possibly resulting in privilege escalation or Denial of Service. Furthermore, a local attacker could execute specially crafted programs or symlink attacks, possibly resulting in data loss or disclosure of sensitive information.


There is no known workaround at this time.


All Linux-PAM users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=sys-libs/pam-1.1.5"

NOTE: This is a legacy GLSA. Updates for all affected architectures are available since November 25, 2011. It is likely that your system is already no longer affected by this issue.


Release date
June 25, 2012

Latest revision
June 25, 2012: 1



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