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Old 06-08-2011, 10:19 PM   #1
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Think I might have just hit a privilege escalation bug

I was logged into my regular user account, and decided I needed to do some stuff in console. So I hit ctrl+alt+backspace to kill KDE and drop to terminal. Soon as it dropped, I hit su, and started entering my password. But before I even finished typing the su password, it sort of crashed akonadi and suddenly I'm in root. Here's the lines exactly as they are on my console (its on another computer), swapping out my real username for myusername:

myusername@navi:~$ su
root@navi:/home/myusername# naApplication 'akonadiserver' exited normally...

notice the 'na' before the word Application, thats where I started to type in my root password. I know I couldn't have typed in the password without realizing it here, because I mistyped it - it should have begun with 'an' instead. That 'exit' announcement there appeared just as I began typing.

The segment of output I gave there is what shows after all the stuff that normally appears when you exit out of the WM the way I did.

So is this a known bug or did I find something new? Or is there a non-bug explanation?

Last edited by Cultist; 06-08-2011 at 10:28 PM.
Old 06-09-2011, 04:06 AM   #2
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Can you reproduce this ?

If yes, indeed, this is a problem, Houston.
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Interesting. Do try to reproduce it, or others who use KDE.
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Why are you using 'ctrl+alt+backspace'? Problems with the X server? You should shutdown KDE via exit/leave unless you are experiencing problems.

I believe you started entering from the kybd device before the X server was shut down. Try exiting KDE normally, let things shut down gracefully. Then you should be able to do console work after X server resets.


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