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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:26 am    Post subject: [ glsa 201709-11 ] gimps Reply with quote

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Title: GIMPS: Root privilege escalation (GLSA 201709-11)
Severity: high
Exploitable: local
Date: 2017-09-17
Bug(s): #603408
ID: 201709-11


Gentoo's GIMPS ebuilds are vulnerable to privilege escalation due
to improper permissions. A local attacker could use it to gain root


GIMPS, the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search, is a software capable
of find Mersenne Primes, which are used in cryptography. GIMPS is also
used for hardware testing.

Affected Packages

Package: sci-mathematics/gimps
Vulnerable: < 28.10-r1
Unaffected: >= 28.10-r1
Architectures: All supported architectures


It was discovered that Gentoo’s default GIMPS installation suffered
from a privilege escalation vulnerability in the init script. This script
calls an unsafe “chown -R” command in checkconfig() function.


A local attacker who does not belong to the root group, but has the
ability to modify the /var/lib/gimps directory can escalate privileges to
the root group.


There is no known workaround at this time.


All GIMPS users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync
      # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=sci-mathematics/gimps-28.10-r1"


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