GLSA-200802-07 : Pulseaudio: Privilege escalation

High Nessus Plugin ID 31085


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200802-07 (Pulseaudio: Privilege escalation)

Marcus Meissner from SUSE reported that the pa_drop_root() function does not properly check the return value of the system calls setuid(), seteuid(), setresuid() and setreuid() when dropping its privileges.
Impact :

A local attacker could cause a resource exhaustion to make the system calls fail, which would cause Pulseaudio to run as root. The attacker could then perform actions with root privileges.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All Pulseaudio users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=media-sound/pulseaudio-0.9.9'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 31085

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200802-07.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.11 $

Type: local

Published: 2008/02/14

Modified: 2015/04/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 7.2

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

Vulnerability Information

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

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

Patch Publication Date: 2008/02/13

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-0008

OSVDB: 42842

GLSA: 200802-07

CWE: 20