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Bug 987562 - CVE-2013-4161 gksu-polkit: improper patching of CVE-2012-5617 leaves gksu-polkit still vulnerable [fedora-all]
Summary: CVE-2013-4161 gksu-polkit: improper patching of CVE-2012-5617 leaves gksu-pol...
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gksu-polkit
Version: 19
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Simone Caronni
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2013-07-23 16:22 UTC by Vincent Danen
Modified: 2013-08-04 00:07 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

Fixed In Version: gksu-polkit-0.0.3-8.gitf8ce834c.fc18
Doc Type: Release Note
Doc Text:
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Last Closed: 2013-08-04 00:01:48 UTC

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Description Vincent Danen 2013-07-23 16:22:50 UTC
This is an automatically created tracking bug!  It was created to ensure
that one or more security vulnerabilities are fixed in affected versions
of Fedora.

For comments that are specific to the vulnerability please use bugs filed
against the "Security Response" product referenced in the "Blocks" field.

For more information see:

When creating a Bodhi update request, please use the bodhi submission link
noted in the next comment(s).  This will include the bug IDs of this
tracking bug as well as the relevant top-level CVE bugs.

Please also mention the CVE IDs being fixed in the RPM changelog and the
Bodhi notes field when available.

Please note: this issue affects multiple supported versions of Fedora.
Only one tracking bug has been filed; please ensure that it is only closed
when all affected versions are fixed.

[bug automatically created by: add-tracking-bugs]

Comment 1 Vincent Danen 2013-07-23 16:23:01 UTC
Please use the following update submission link to create the Bodhi
request for this issue as it contains the top-level parent bug(s) as well
as this tracking bug.  This will ensure that all associated bugs get
updated when new packages are pushed to stable.

Please also ensure that the "Close bugs when update is stable" option
remains checked.

Bodhi update submission link:,987562

Comment 2 Vincent Danen 2013-07-23 16:29:22 UTC
Actually, if you can use the following update submission link, it will note the fixed packages in the old bug as well:,987562,883162

This would be good as it will allow someone to see when the 2012 CVE was actually fixed, and in what package.


Comment 3 Fedora Update System 2013-07-25 07:07:53 UTC
gksu-polkit-0.0.3-8.gitf8ce834c.fc18 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 18.

Comment 4 Fedora Update System 2013-07-25 07:10:02 UTC
gksu-polkit-0.0.3-8.gitf8ce834c.fc19 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 19.

Comment 5 Fedora Update System 2013-07-25 07:11:07 UTC
gksu-polkit-0.0.3-8.gitf8ce834c.fc17 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 17.

Comment 6 Simone Caronni 2013-07-25 07:17:58 UTC
Done, referenced all bugs.

Funny thing, basically this package never worked since its first import. Dbus name was wrong, service file was installed with a wrong name, the patch for the CVE fix was creating a patch file instead of patching the code; the source tarball did not exist anywhere. This since Fedora 17.

Comment 7 Fedora Update System 2013-07-26 00:27:29 UTC
Package gksu-polkit-0.0.3-8.gitf8ce834c.fc18:
* should fix your issue,
* was pushed to the Fedora 18 testing repository,
* should be available at your local mirror within two days.
Update it with:
# su -c 'yum update --enablerepo=updates-testing gksu-polkit-0.0.3-8.gitf8ce834c.fc18'
as soon as you are able to.
Please go to the following url:
then log in and leave karma (feedback).

Comment 8 Jonas Thiem 2013-07-28 03:03:30 UTC
Hi, I installed this under fc19.

1.) Will we also get this for fc19 soon? (since the package is declared fc18)
2.) While the privilegue escalation was fixed, gksu-polkit now hangs around *forever* even when the executed process is long dead and it doesn't respond to SIGTERM (I needed to kill it!)

So while this is an improvement in security terms, processes hanging around forever isn't really nice.

Comment 9 Jonas Thiem 2013-07-28 03:05:19 UTC
*** Bug 989157 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 10 Fedora Update System 2013-08-04 00:01:48 UTC
gksu-polkit-0.0.3-8.gitf8ce834c.fc19 has been pushed to the Fedora 19 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

Comment 11 Fedora Update System 2013-08-04 00:07:41 UTC
gksu-polkit-0.0.3-8.gitf8ce834c.fc18 has been pushed to the Fedora 18 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

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