GLSA-201709-11 : GIMPS: Root privilege escalation

This script is Copyright (C) 2017 Tenable Network Security, Inc.

Synopsis :

The remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related

Description :

The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-201709-11
(GIMPS: Root privilege escalation)

It was discovered that Gentoo’s default GIMPS installation suffered
from a privilege escalation vulnerability in the init script. This script
calls an unsafe “chown -R” command in checkconfig() function.

Impact :

A local attacker who does not belong to the root group, but has the
ability to modify the /var/lib/gimps directory can escalate privileges to
the root group.

Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.

See also :

Solution :

All GIMPS users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=sci-mathematics/gimps-28.10-r1'

Risk factor :


Family: Gentoo Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 103279 ()

Bugtraq ID:


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