USN-828-1: PAM vulnerability

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http://www.ubuntu.com – Description:  =========================================================== Ubuntu Security Notice USN-828-1 September 08, 2009 pam vulnerability https://launchpad.net/bugs/410171 =========================================================== A security issue affects the following Ubuntu releases: Ubuntu 8.10 Ubuntu 9.04 This advisory also applies to the corresponding versions of Kubuntu, Edubuntu, and Xubuntu. The problem can be corrected by upgrading your system to the following package versions: Ubuntu 8.10: libpam-runtime 1.0.1-4ubuntu5.6 Ubuntu 9.04: libpam-runtime 1.0.1-9ubuntu1.1 In general, a standard system upgrade is sufficient to effect the necessary changes. Details follow: Russell Senior discovered that the system authentication module selection mechanism for PAM did not safely handle an empty selection. If an administrator had specifically removed the default list of modules or failed to chose a module when operating debconf in a very unlikely non-default configuration, PAM would allow any authentication attempt, which could lead to remote attackers gaining access to a system with arbitrary privileges. This did not affect default Ubuntu installations. (Distributions)