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CVE-2006-6105 Detail


Format string vulnerability in the host chooser window (gdmchooser) in GNOME Foundation Display Manager (gdm) allows local users to execute arbitrary code via format string specifiers in a hostname, which are used in an error dialog.

Source:  MITRE      Last Modified:  12/14/2006

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Locally exploitable
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Required to exploit
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Provides unauthorized access, Allows partial confidentiality, integrity, and availability violation; Allows unauthorized disclosure of information; Allows disruption of service

Vendor Statements (disclaimer)

Official Statement from Red Hat (03/14/2007)

Not vulnerable. This flaw was first introduced in gdm version 2.14. Therefore these issues did not affect the earlier versions of gdm as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1, 3, or 4. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 is not vulnerable to this issue as it contains a backported patch.

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Hyperlink Resource Type Source Name External Source CONFIRM Vendor Advisory External Source IDEFENSE 20061214 GNOME Foundation Display Manager gdmchooser Format String Vulnerability Patch External Source SECTRACK 1017320 External Source SECTRACK 1017383 External Source MANDRIVA MDKSA-2006:231 External Source SUSE SUSE-SR:2006:029 Patch External Source BID 21597 External Source UBUNTU USN-396-1 External Source VUPEN ADV-2006-5015 External Source XF gdmchooser-host-chooser-format-string(30896)

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