SLiM X authority information disclosure

slim-xauthority-info-disclosure (50611) The risk level is classified as LowLow Risk

Description:

SLiM could allow a local attacker to obtain sensitive information, caused by the generation of the X authority file when the X authority cookie is passed using the command line to xauth. By accessing the process list, a local attacker could exploit this vulnerability to obtain the X authority cookie and gain unauthorized access to the system.

*CVSS:

Base Score: 2.1
  Access Vector: Local
  Access Complexity: Low
  Authentication: None
  Confidentiality Impact: Partial
  Integrity Impact: None
  Availability Impact: None
 
Temporal Score: 1.7
  Exploitability: Unproven
  Remediation Level: Unavailable
  Report Confidence: Uncorroborated

Consequences:

Obtain Information

Remedy:

No remedy available as of September 1, 2014.

References:

  • Debian Bug report logs - #529306: slim: insecure xauth secret.
  • Slim Web site: SLiM.
  • BID-35015: SLiM Insecure X Authority File Local Authentication Bypass Vulnerability
  • CVE-2009-1756: SLiM Simple Login Manager 1.3.0 places the X authority magic cookie (mcookie) on the command line when invoking xauth from (1) app.cpp and (2) switchuser.cpp, which allows local users to access the X session by listing the process and its arguments.
  • OSVDB ID: 54583: SLiM xauth X Authority Cookie Local Disclosure
  • SA35132: SLiM X Authority File Insecure Creation Security Issue

Platforms Affected:

  • SLiM SLiM 1.3

Reported:

May 18, 2009

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