GLSA-200606-23 : KDM: Symlink vulnerability

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 21743


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200606-23 (KDM: Symlink vulnerability)

Ludwig Nussel discovered that KDM could be tricked into allowing users to read files that would otherwise not be readable.
Impact :

A local attacker could exploit this issue to obtain potentially sensitive information that is usually not accessable to the local user such as shadow files or other user's files. The default Gentoo user running KDM is root and, as a result, the local attacker can read any file.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All kdebase users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose kde-base/kdebase All KDE split ebuild users should upgrade to the latest KDM version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose kde-base/kdm

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 21743

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200606-23.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.12 $

Type: local

Published: 2006/06/23

Modified: 2015/04/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4

Vector: CVSS2#AV:L/AC:H/Au:N/C:C/I:N/A:N

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:kdebase, p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:kdm, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Patch Publication Date: 2006/06/22

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2006/06/14

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-2449

OSVDB: 26511

GLSA: 200606-23