USN-2402-1: KDE workspace vulnerability

11 November 2014

kde-workspace vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


KDE workspace could be made to crash or run programs as an administrator.

Software Description

  • kde-workspace - KDE Plasma Workspace components


David Edmundson discovered that the KDE Clock KCM policykit helper did not properly guard against untrusted input. Under certain circumstances, a process running under the user’s session could exploit this to run programs as the administrator.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
kde-workspace-bin - 4:4.8.5-0ubuntu0.4

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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