DescriptionA maliciously crafted command line for kdesu can result in the user only seeing part of the commands that will actually get executed as super user.
SourceCVE (at NVD; CERT, LWN, oss-sec, fulldisc, bugtraq, EDB, Metasploit, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Gentoo, SuSE, Mageia, GitHub code/issues, web search, more)
NVD severitymedium (attack range: remote)
Debian Bugs839865, 842498, 843790

Vulnerable and fixed packages

The table below lists information on source packages.

Source PackageReleaseVersionStatus
kde-cli-tools (PTS)stretch4:5.8.4-2fixed
buster, sid4:5.10.5-2fixed
kde-runtime (PTS)wheezy4:4.8.4-2fixed
buster, sid, stretch4:16.08.3-2fixed
kdesudo (PTS)wheezy3.4.2.4-2fixed
jessie, stretch3.4.2.4-2vulnerable

The information below is based on the following data on fixed versions.

PackageTypeReleaseFixed VersionUrgencyOriginDebian Bugs
kde-runtimesourcewheezy(not affected)
kdesudosourcewheezy(not affected)


[jessie] - kde-runtime <no-dsa> (Minor issue)
[wheezy] - kde-runtime <not-affected> (Unicode string terminator is not interpreted)
[stretch] - kdesudo <no-dsa> (Minor issue)
[jessie] - kdesudo <no-dsa> (Minor issue)
[wheezy] - kdesudo <not-affected> (Unicode string terminator is not interpreted)
For kde-cli-tools fixed in 5.7.5 upstream
kde-runtime's affected binary is /usr/lib/kde4/libexec/kdesu-distrib/kdesu
kdesudo's affected binary is /usr/bin/kdesudo

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