Gentoo has acknowledged a vulnerability in the festival package, which can be exploited by malicious, local users to gain escalated privileges.
The vulnerability is caused due to the festival daemon running as root user and listening for commands from localhost without requiring a password. This can be exploited to execute commands with root privileges.
Solution: Update to version "app-accessibility/festival-1.95_beta-r4" or later.
Provided and/or discovered by: The vendor credits Konstantine Shirow.
Original Advisory: http://article.gmane.org/gmane.linux.gentoo.announce/1307
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