X.Org X Server: Privilege escalation — GLSA 201207-04

A format string vulnerability in X.Org X Server may allow local privilege escalation or Denial of Service.

Affected Packages

x11-base/xorg-server on all architectures
Affected versions < 1.11.4-r1
Unaffected versions >= 1.11.4-r1, revision >= 1.10.6-r1, revision <= 1.9.5-r1

Background

The X Window System is a graphical windowing system based on a client/server model.

Description

The "LogVHdrMessageVerb()" function in log.c contains a format string vulnerability.

NOTE: Exposure to this vulnerability is reduced in Gentoo due to X.Org X Server being built with "-D_FORTIFY_SOURCE=2" by default.

Impact

A local attacker could gain escalated privileges or cause a Denial of Service condition.

Workaround

There is no known workaround at this time.

Resolution

All X.Org X Server 1.11.x users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=x11-base/xorg-server-1.11.4-r1"
 

All X.Org X Server 1.10.x users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=x11-base/xorg-server-1.10.6-r1"
 

X.Org X Server 1.9.x is not affected.

References

Release Date
July 09, 2012

Latest Revision
July 09, 2012: 1

Severity
high

Exploitable
local

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