GLSA-201204-06 : PolicyKit: Multiple vulnerabilities

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 59622


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


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-201204-06 (PolicyKit: Multiple vulnerabilities)

Multiple vulnerabilities have been found in PolicyKit:
Error messages in the pkexec utility disclose the existence of local files (CVE-2010-0750).
The pkexec utility initially checks the effective user ID of its parent process for authorization, instead of checking the real user ID (CVE-2011-1485).
Members of the 'wheel' group are able to execute commands as an administrator without a password (CVE-2011-4945).
Impact :

A local attacker could gain elevated privileges or sensitive information.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All PolicyKit users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=sys-auth/polkit-0.104-r1'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 59622

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-201204-06.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.7 $

Type: local

Published: 2012/06/21

Modified: 2015/04/13

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.9

Temporal Score: 6

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

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

Vulnerability Information

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

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

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2012/04/17

Exploitable With


Core Impact

Metasploit (Linux PolicyKit Race Condition Privilege Escalation)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2010-0750, CVE-2011-1485, CVE-2011-4945

BID: 39198, 47496

OSVDB: 63549, 72261, 81397

GLSA: 201204-06