[USN-1766-1] pam-xdg-support vulnerability

Marc Deslauriers marc.deslauriers at canonical.com
Mon Mar 18 17:19:33 UTC 2013

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-1766-1
March 18, 2013

pam-xdg-support vulnerability

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

- Ubuntu 12.10


pam-xdg-support could be made to run programs as an administrator.

Software Description:
- pam-xdg-support: PAM module for XDG_RUNTIME_DIR support


Zbigniew Tenerowicz and Sebastian Krzyszkowiak discovered that
pam-xdg-support incorrectly handled the PATH environment variable. A local
attacker could use this issue in combination with sudo to possibly escalate

Update instructions:

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

Ubuntu 12.10:
  libpam-xdg-support              0.2-0ubuntu1.1

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.


Package Information:

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