GLSA-200707-10 : Festival: Privilege elevation

High Nessus Plugin ID 25792


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200707-10 (Festival: Privilege elevation)

Konstantine Shirow reported a vulnerability in default Gentoo configurations of Festival. The daemon is configured to run with root privileges and to listen on localhost, without requiring a password.
Impact :

A local attacker could gain root privileges by connecting to the daemon and execute arbitrary commands.
Workaround :

Set a password in the configuration file /etc/festival/server.scm by adding the line: (set! server_passwd password)


All Festival users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=app-accessibility/festival-1.95_beta-r4'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 25792

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200707-10.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.11 $

Type: local

Published: 2007/07/27

Modified: 2015/04/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:festival, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

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

Patch Publication Date: 2007/07/25

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2007/03/11

Reference Information

OSVDB: 38622

GLSA: 200707-10