CVE-2020-2696 Local privilege escalation via CDE dtsession – JAN 2020

Technical Background: How to manages a CDE session? The dtsession command provides session management functionality, compliant with ICCCM 1.1, during a user session, from login to logout. It starts a window manager and allows users to save a session, restore a session, lock a session, start screen savers, and allocate colors for desktop-compatible clients.

Vulnerability details: A buffer overflow in the CheckMonitor() function in the Common Desktop. It allows local users to gain root privileges via a long palette name passed to dtsession in a malicious .Xdefaults file (CVE-2020-2696).

  • All Official Ubuntu variants 12.04 – 18.04
  • Debian 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Fedora 17 at least
  • Archlinux
  • Red Hat
  • Slackware 14.0
  • OpenBSD
  • NetBSD
  • FreeBSD 9.2, 10.x, 11.x
  • openSUSE Tumbleweed (gcc7)
  • openSUSE Leap 4.2 (gcc4)
  • SUSE 12 SP3 (gcc4)
  • Solaris, OpenIndiana

Remedy: The open source CDE 2.x version have issued the following patches for this vulnerability:

https://sourceforge.net/p/cdesktopenv/mailman/message/36900154/

https://sourceforge.net/p/cdesktopenv/code/ci/6b32246d06ab16fd7897dc344db69d0957f3ae08/

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