Scientific Linux Security Update : gdm on SL6.x i386/x86_64

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Synopsis :

The remote Scientific Linux host is missing one or more security

Description :

The GNOME Display Manager (GDM) provides the graphical login screen,
shown shortly after boot up, log out, and when user-switching.

A race condition flaw was found in the way GDM handled the cache
directories used to store users' dmrc and face icon files. A local
attacker could use this flaw to trick GDM into changing the ownership
of an arbitrary file via a symbolic link attack, allowing them to
escalate their privileges. (CVE-2011-0727)

We would like to thank Sebastian Krahmer of the SuSE Security Team for
reporting this issue.

See also :

Solution :

Update the affected packages.

Risk factor :

Medium / CVSS Base Score : 6.9

Family: Scientific Linux Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 60998 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2011-0727