RHEL 5 : gnome-screensaver (RHSA-2008:0197)

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Synopsis :

The remote Red Hat host is missing a security update.

Description :

An updated gnome-screensaver package that fixes a security flaw is now
available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the
Red Hat Security Response Team.

gnome-screensaver is the GNOME project's official screen saver
program.

A flaw was found in the way gnome-screensaver verified user passwords.
When a system used a remote directory service for login credentials, a
local attacker able to cause a network outage could cause
gnome-screensaver to crash, unlocking the screen. (CVE-2008-0887)

Users of gnome-screensaver should upgrade to this updated package,
which contains a backported patch to correct this issue.

See also :

https://www.redhat.com/security/data/cve/CVE-2008-0887.html
http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2008-0197.html

Solution :

Update the affected gnome-screensaver package.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 4.7
(CVSS2#AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C)

Family: Red Hat Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 31755 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2008-0887