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Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 17:13:45 +1100
From: Murray McAllister <>
Subject: Re: cinnamon-screensaver lock bypass (tested on Fedora

On 02/12/2014 08:48 PM, Clemens Fries wrote:
> Hello,
> It is possible to circumvent the screen lock on a cinnamon session under Fedora
> 20 using the 'Menu' key on a keyboard. I'm posting this here, because I assume
> that this is not limited to the version shipped with Fedora.
> Steps to reproduce:
> * Start cinnamon session
> * Lock the screen (Ctrl+Alt+L)
> * Press the 'Menu' key on the keyboard
> * A menu appears for a brief moment
> * Press 'Escape'
> * Focus is now beneath the screensaver
> * Press Alt+F2
> * Start 'gnome-terminal'
> * Type 'killall cinnamon-screensaver'
> Seen on a fully patched Fedora 20 (February 12th, 2014). I had a brief look at
>, but it seems this has not been reported. I also tested
> this on a second machine with the same outcome.

Thanks for report and testing! Filed for this issue.


Murray McAllister / Red Hat Security Response Team

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