USN-616-1: vulnerabilities

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-616-1

13th June, 2008

xorg-server vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 7.10
  • Ubuntu 7.04
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Software description

  • xorg-server


Multiple flaws were found in the RENDER, RECORD, and Security
extensions of which did not correctly validate function arguments.
An authenticated attacker could send specially crafted requests and gain
root privileges or crash X. (CVE-2008-1377, CVE-2008-2360, CVE-2008-2361,

It was discovered that the MIT-SHM extension of did not correctly
validate the location of memory during an image copy. An authenticated
attacker could exploit this to read arbitrary memory locations within X,
exposing sensitive information. (CVE-2008-1379)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS:
xserver-xorg-core 2:1.4.1~git20080131-1ubuntu9.2
Ubuntu 7.10:
xserver-xorg-core 2:
Ubuntu 7.04:
xserver-xorg-core 2:1.2.0-3ubuntu8.4
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS:
xserver-xorg-core 1:1.0.2-0ubuntu10.13

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system upgrade you need to restart your session to effect
the necessary changes.


CVE-2008-1377, CVE-2008-1379, CVE-2008-2360, CVE-2008-2361, CVE-2008-2362