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Date: Tue, 07 Jan 2014 14:50:24 -0500
From: Daniel Kahn Gillmor <>
Subject: Re: CVE request: lightdm-gtk-greeter - local DOS due
 to NULL pointer dereference

[replying to]

On 01/07/2014 05:47 AM, Guido Berhoerster wrote:
> an openSUSE user discovered that it is trivial to crash
> lightdm-gtk-greeter by entering an empty username due to a NULL
> pointer dereference. When a greeter crashes the lightdm daemon
> exits.
> This constitutes a local denial of service which can be triggered
> by any unprivileged attacker requiring the intervention of an
> administrator to restart lightdm. It affects all versions of
> lightdm-gtk-greeter.

Hm, if this warrants a CVE for lightdm, then gdm3 needs one also:

Basically, when gdm3 is configured to not show a list of users (but
instead shows a blank box for the login prompt), if the user clicks
"cancel" or hits the escape key, then the greeter gets put into a mode
without any way to log in (no prompts available).

I've tried to debug it but it appears to be due to some sort of
timing-dependent case.  When i step through the code with gdb, i haven't
been able to reproduce the issue.

It is definitely a bad situation for machines in public locations with
this configuration.


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