Ubuntu 9.10 : gnome-screensaver vulnerability (USN-898-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 44586


The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.


It was discovered that gnome-screensaver did not correctly handle monitor hotplugging. An attacker with physical access could cause gnome-screensaver to crash and gain access to the locked session.

Note that Tenable Network Security has extracted the preceding description block directly from the Ubuntu security advisory. Tenable has attempted to automatically clean and format it as much as possible without introducing additional issues.


Update the affected gnome-screensaver package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 44586

File Name: ubuntu_USN-898-1.nasl

Version: 1.12

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2010/02/11

Updated: 2019/09/19

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 7.2

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:gnome-screensaver, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:9.10

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Patch Publication Date: 2010/02/10

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2010/02/11

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2010-0414

USN: 898-1