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Vulnerability Summary for CVE-2006-2916

Original release date: 06/15/2006
Last revised: 03/07/2011


artswrapper in aRts, when running setuid root on Linux 2.6.0 or later versions, does not check the return value of the setuid function call, which allows local users to gain root privileges by causing setuid to fail, which prevents artsd from dropping privileges.


CVSS Severity (version 2.0):
CVSS v2 Base Score: 6.0 MEDIUM
Impact Subscore: 10.0
Exploitability Subscore: 1.5
CVSS Version 2 Metrics:
Access Vector: Locally exploitable
Access Complexity: High
Authentication: Required to exploit
Impact Type: Provides administrator access, Allows complete confidentiality, integrity, and availability violation; Allows unauthorized disclosure of information; Allows disruption of service


Product is only vulnerable when running setuid root on Linux 2.6.0 or later versions. Vendor links provide patches for each affected version.

Vendor Statements (disclaimer)

Official Statement from Red Hat (08/16/2006)
Not vulnerable. We do not ship aRts as setuid root on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1, 3, or 4.

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External Source: GENTOO
Name: GLSA-200606-22
External Source: GENTOO
Name: GLSA-200704-22
External Source: SUSE
Name: SUSE-SR:2006:015
External Source: XF
Name: arts-artwrapper-privilege-escalation(27221)
External Source: BUGTRAQ
Name: 20060615 rPSA-2006-0105-1 arts
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://www.kde.org/info/security/advisory-20060614-2.txt
Type: Advisory; Patch Information
External Source: BID
Name: 23697
External Source: MANDRIVA
Name: MDKSA-2006:107
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2007-0409
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://dot.kde.org/1150310128/
Type: Patch Information
External Source: BID
Name: 18429
Type: Patch Information
External Source: SLACKWARE
Name: SSA:2006-178-03
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2006-2357
External Source: MLIST
Name: [beast] 20061228 ANNOUNCE: BEAST/BSE v0.7.1
External Source: SECTRACK
Name: 1016298

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