Ubuntu 12.10 : gnome-screensaver vulnerability (USN-1716-1)

High Nessus Plugin ID 64615


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


It was discovered that gnome-screensaver did not start automatically after logging in. This may result in the screen not being automatically locked after the inactivity timeout is reached, permitting an attacker with physical access to gain access to an unlocked 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.

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 64615

File Name: ubuntu_USN-1716-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.7 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/02/13

Modified: 2016/05/25

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:canonical:ubuntu_linux:gnome-screensaver, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.10

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

Patch Publication Date: 2013/02/12

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-1050

OSVDB: 91260

USN: 1716-1