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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 200603-26


Severity: Normal
Title: bsd-games: Local privilege escalation in tetris-bsd
Date: March 29, 2006
Bugs: #122399
ID: 200603-26


tetris-bsd is prone to local privilege escalation vulnerabilities.


bsd-games is a collection of NetBSD games ported to Linux.

Affected packages

     Package               /  Vulnerable  /                 Unaffected

  1  games-misc/bsd-games      < 2.17-r1                    >= 2.17-r1


Tavis Ormandy of the Gentoo Linux Security Audit Team discovered that the checkscores() function in scores.c reads in the data from the /var/games/tetris-bsd.scores file without validation, rendering it vulnerable to buffer overflows and incompatible with the system used for managing games on Gentoo Linux. As a result, it cannot be played securely on systems with multiple users. Please note that this is probably a Gentoo-specific issue.


A local user who is a member of group "games" may be able to modify the tetris-bsd.scores file to trigger the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of other players.


Do not add untrusted users to the "games" group.


All bsd-games users are advised to update to the latest version:

    # emerge --sync
    # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=games-misc/bsd-games-2.17-r1"


This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at the Gentoo Security Website:



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