USN-1716-1: gnome-screensaver vulnerability

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-1716-1

12th February, 2013

gnome-screensaver vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 12.10


gnome-screensaver would allow unintended access to the user session.

Software description

  • gnome-screensaver - GNOME screen saver and locker


It was discovered that gnome-screensaver did not start automatically after
logging in. This may result in the screen not being automatically locked
after the inactivity timeout is reached, permitting an attacker with
physical access to gain access to an unlocked session.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 12.10:
gnome-screensaver 3.6.0-0ubuntu2.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system update you need to restart your session to make
all the necessary changes.