Debian Security Advisory

DLA-194-1 das-watchdog -- LTS security update

Date Reported:
12 Apr 2015
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In the Debian bugtracking system: Bug 781806.
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2015-2831.
More information:

Adam Sampson discovered a buffer overflow in the handling of the XAUTHORITY environment variable in das-watchdog, a watchdog daemon to ensure a realtime process won't hang the machine. A local user can exploit this flaw to escalate his privileges and execute arbitrary code as root.