USN-3802-1: X.Org X server vulnerability

26 October 2018

X.Org X server could be made to overwrite files as the administrator.

Releases

Packages

Details

Narendra Shinde discovered that the X.Org X server incorrectly handled
certain command line parameters when running as root with the legacy
wrapper. When certain graphics drivers are being used, a local attacker
could possibly use this issue to overwrite arbitrary files and escalate
privileges.

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 18.10
Ubuntu 18.04
Ubuntu 16.04

After a standard system update you need to reboot your computer to make
all the necessary changes.

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