DescriptionLinux distributions using CAP_SYS_NICE for gnome-shell may be exposed to a privilege escalation issue. An attacker, with low privilege permissions, may take advantage of the way CAP_SYS_NICE is currently implemented and eventually load code to increase its process scheduler priority leading to possible DoS of other services running in the same machine.
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Vulnerable and fixed packages

The table below lists information on source packages.

Source PackageReleaseVersionStatus
gnome-shell (PTS)bullseye (security), bullseye3.38.6-1~deb11u2fixed
bookworm, bookworm (security)43.9-0+deb12u2fixed
sid, trixie44.9-2fixed

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

PackageTypeReleaseFixed VersionUrgencyOriginDebian Bugs
gnome-shellsource(unstable)(not affected)


- gnome-shell <not-affected> (Debian packaging does not set cap_sys_nice+ep on gnome-shell binary)

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