Debian Security Advisory
DSA-092-1 wmtv -- local root exploit
- Date Reported:
- 06 Dec 2001
- Affected Packages:
- Security database references:
- In the Bugtraq database (at SecurityFocus): BugTraq ID 3658.
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2001-1272.
- More information:
Nicolas Boullis found a nasty security problem in the wmtv (a
dockable video4linux TV player for windowmaker) package as
distributed in Debian GNU/Linux 2.2.
wmtv can optionally run a command if you double-click on the TV window. This command can be specified using the -e command line option. However, since wmtv is installed suid root, this command was also run as root, which gives local users a very simple way to get root access.
This has been fixed in version 0.6.5-2potato1 by dropping root privileges before executing the command. We recommend that you upgrade your wmtv package immediately.
- Fixed in:
Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 (potato)
- Intel IA-32:
- Motorola 680x0:
- Sun Sparc:
MD5 checksums of the listed files are available in the original advisory.