GLSA-200611-03 : NVIDIA binary graphics driver: Privilege escalation vulnerability

High Nessus Plugin ID 23668


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200611-03 (NVIDIA binary graphics driver: Privilege escalation vulnerability)

Rapid7 reported a boundary error in the NVIDIA binary graphics driver that leads to a buffer overflow in the accelerated rendering functionality.
Impact :

An X client could trigger the buffer overflow with a maliciously crafted series of glyphs. A remote attacker could also entice a user to open a specially crafted web page, document or X client that will trigger the buffer overflow. This could result in the execution of arbitrary code with root privileges or at least in the crash of the X server.
Workaround :

Disable the accelerated rendering functionality in the Device section of xorg.conf :
Option 'RenderAccel' 'false'


NVIDIA binary graphics driver users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers-1.0.8776'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 23668

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200611-03.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.9 $

Type: local

Published: 2006/11/20

Modified: 2015/04/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.5

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:nvidia-drivers, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 2006/11/07

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2006-5379

GLSA: 200611-03