Oracle Linux 5 : gnome-screensaver (ELSA-2008-0197)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 67673


The remote Oracle Linux host is missing a security update.


From Red Hat Security Advisory 2008:0197 :

An updated gnome-screensaver package that fixes a security flaw is now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.

This update has been rated as having moderate security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

gnome-screensaver is the GNOME project's official screen saver program.

A flaw was found in the way gnome-screensaver verified user passwords.
When a system used a remote directory service for login credentials, a local attacker able to cause a network outage could cause gnome-screensaver to crash, unlocking the screen. (CVE-2008-0887)

Users of gnome-screensaver should upgrade to this updated package, which contains a backported patch to correct this issue.


Update the affected gnome-screensaver package.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 67673

File Name: oraclelinux_ELSA-2008-0197.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.4 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2013/07/12

Modified: 2015/12/01

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 4.7

Temporal Score: 4.1

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

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:oracle:linux:gnome-screensaver, cpe:/o:oracle:linux:5

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

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2008/04/02

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-0887

BID: 28575

OSVDB: 43986

RHSA: 2008:0197