RHEL 4 / 5 : kdebase (RHSA-2010:0348)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 46298


The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated kdebase packages that fix one security issue are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5.

The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having important security impact. A Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) base score, which gives a detailed severity rating, is available from the CVE link in the References section.

The K Desktop Environment (KDE) is a graphical desktop environment for the X Window System. The kdebase packages include core applications for KDE.

A privilege escalation flaw was found in the KDE Display Manager (KDM). A local user with console access could trigger a race condition, possibly resulting in the permissions of an arbitrary file being set to world-writable, allowing privilege escalation.

Red Hat would like to thank Sebastian Krahmer of the SuSE Security Team for responsibly reporting this issue.

Users of KDE should upgrade to these updated packages, which contain a backported patch to correct this issue. The system should be rebooted for this update to take effect. After the reboot, administrators should manually remove all leftover user-owned dmctl-* directories in '/var/run/xdmctl/'.


Update the affected kdebase and / or kdebase-devel packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 46298

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2010-0348.nasl

Version: 1.20

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2010/05/11

Updated: 2019/10/25

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 6.9

Temporal Score: 5.1

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kdebase, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:kdebase-devel, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4.8, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list, Host/cpu

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2010/04/14

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2010/04/15

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2010-0436

BID: 39467

RHSA: 2010:0348