GLSA-201709-11 : GIMPS: Root privilege escalation
High Nessus Plugin ID 103279
SynopsisThe remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related patches.
DescriptionThe 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.
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.
There is no known workaround at this time.
SolutionAll GIMPS users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=sci-mathematics/gimps-28.10-r1'