Debian Security Advisory

DLA-2246-1 xawtv -- LTS security update

Date Reported:
12 Jun 2020
Affected Packages:
Security database references:
In the Debian bugtracking system: Bug 962221.
In Mitre's CVE dictionary: CVE-2020-13696.
More information:

An issue was discovered in LinuxTV xawtv before 3.107. The function dev_open() in v4l-conf.c does not perform sufficient checks to prevent an unprivileged caller of the program from opening unintended filesystem paths. This allows a local attacker with access to the v4l-conf setuid-root program to test for the existence of arbitrary files and to trigger an open on arbitrary files with mode O_RDWR. To achieve this, relative path components need to be added to the device path, as demonstrated by a v4l-conf -c /dev/../root/.bash_history command.

For Debian 8 Jessie, this problem has been fixed in version 3.103-3+deb8u1.

We recommend that you upgrade your xawtv packages.

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