XnView: Privilege escalation

ID GLSA-200512-18
Type gentoo
Reporter Gentoo Foundation
Modified 2006-05-22T00:00:00



XnView is an efficient multimedia viewer, browser and converter, distributed free for non-commercial use.


Krzysiek Pawlik of Gentoo Linux discovered that the XnView package for IA32 used the DT_RPATH field insecurely, causing the dynamic loader to search for shared libraries in potentially untrusted directories.


A local attacker could create a malicious shared object that would be loaded and executed when a user attempted to use an XnView utility. This would allow a malicious user to effectively hijack XnView and execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the program.


The system administrator may use the chrpath utility to remove the DT_RPATH field from the XnView utilities:

# emerge app-admin/chrpath # chrpath --delete /opt/bin/nconvert /opt/bin/nview /opt/bin/xnview


All XnView users on the x86 platform should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=x11-misc/xnview-1.70-r1"