Mandrake Linux Security Advisory : kdesu (MDKSA-2001:018)

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Synopsis :

The remote Mandrake Linux host is missing one or more security

Description :

A problem exists with the kdesu program for KDE versions 1 and 2.
kdesu is a frontend for the su program, allowing normal users to run
programs with root privileges by prompting for the root password. When
the 'keep password' option is enabled, kdesu tries to send the
password across process boundaries to kdesud via a UNIX socket. During
this, it does not verify the identity of the listener on the other
end, which can allow attackers to obtain the root password.

As of Linux-Mandrake 7.2, the kdesu program is a part of the kdebase
package, and libraries for kdesu are found in the kdelibs package.

Solution :

Update the affected packages.

Risk factor :

Low / CVSS Base Score : 2.1

Family: Mandriva Local Security Checks

Nessus Plugin ID: 61892 ()

Bugtraq ID:

CVE ID: CVE-2001-0178

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