Mandrake Linux Security Advisory : esound (MDKSA-2000:051)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 61841


The remote Mandrake Linux host is missing one or more security updates.


A problem exists with the esound daemon, which is used in GNOME and responsible for multiplexing access to audio devices. Versions of esound prior to and including 0.2.19 create a world-writable directory in /tmp called .esd which is owned by the user running esound. This directory is used to store a unix domain socket. The socket is also created world-writable, so a race condition exists in the creation of this socket which allows a local attacker to cause an arbitrary file or directory owned by the user running esound to become world-writable. This update contains a patch from FreeBSD which creates ~/.esd as the temporary directory to use and makes the unix domain socket read and write only to the user.


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

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 61841

File Name: mandrake_MDKSA-2000-051.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.3 $

Type: local

Published: 2012/09/06

Modified: 2013/05/31

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.2

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:esound, p-cpe:/a:mandriva:linux:esound-devel, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:6.0, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:6.1, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:7.0, cpe:/o:mandrakesoft:mandrake_linux:7.1

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

Patch Publication Date: 2000/09/27

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2000-0864

MDKSA: 2000:051

CWE: 362