Thomas de Grenier de Latour has discovered a vulnerability in the debian-goodies package for Debian Linux, which can be exploited by malicious, local users to perform actions with escalated privileges.
The vulnerability is caused due to an input validation error within the "checkrestart" script when reading the process list. This can be exploited to execute commands with "root" privileges by invoking a program with a specially crafted file name and an administrative user executes "checkrestart".
The vulnerability is confirmed in version 0.27 included in Debian stable and reported in 0.33. Other versions may also be affected.
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