Moderate: xorg-x11-server-utils (SL5, SL6)

Synopsis: Moderate: xorg-x11-server-utils security update
Issue Date: 2011-04-11
CVE Numbers: CVE-2011-0465

The xorg-x11-server-utils package contains a collection of utilities used
to modify and query the runtime configuration of the X.Org server. X.Org is
an open source implementation of the X Window System.

A flaw was found in the X.Org X server resource database utility, xrdb.
Certain variables were not properly sanitized during the launch of a user’s
graphical session, which could possibly allow a remote attacker to execute
arbitrary code with root privileges, if they were able to make the display
manager execute xrdb with a specially-crafted X client hostname. For
example, by configuring the hostname on the target system via a crafted
DHCP reply, or by using the X Display Manager Control Protocol (XDMCP) to
connect to that system from a host that has a special DNS name.

Red Hat would like to thank Matthieu Herrb for reporting this issue.
Upstream acknowledges Sebastian Krahmer of the SuSE Security Team as the
original reporter.

Users of xorg-x11-server-utils should upgrade to this updated package,
which contains a backported patch to resolve this issue. All running X.Org
server instances must be restarted for this update to take effect.


– Scientific Linux Development Team