Bug#895477: gnome-screensaver: unmaintained upstream

Alvaro Herrera alvherre at alvh.no-ip.org
Mon Apr 12 17:18:12 BST 2021

Package: gnome-screensaver
Version: 3.6.1-10
Followup-For: Bug #895477

Dear Maintainer,

I found out in the wrong way that gnome-screensaver is insecure and can
lead to security breaches, in quite an easy way (as my children found
out by accident).  I was unaware that it was unmaintained, so I've been
running it with false confidence for two years.  Had I known that it was
dead, I would have used xscreensaver instead, or any other screensaver

Please remove gnome-screensaver from Debian, or replace it with a
version that's being actively maintained.

I have purged it from my system and installed xscreensaver to replace
it.  However, lack of actual security might still bite some people.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 10.9
  APT prefers stable-updates
  APT policy: (500, 'stable-updates'), (500, 'stable-debug'), (500, 'stable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 5.10.0-0.bpo.3-amd64 (SMP w/16 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=es_CL.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=es_CL.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8), LANGUAGE=es_CL.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /usr/bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)
LSM: AppArmor: enabled

Versions of packages gnome-screensaver depends on:
ii  dbus-user-session [default-dbus-session-bus]  1.12.20-0+deb10u1
ii  dbus-x11 [dbus-session-bus]                   1.12.20-0+deb10u1
ii  gsettings-desktop-schemas                     3.28.1-1
ii  libc6                                         2.28-10
ii  libcairo2                                     1.16.0-4+deb10u1
ii  libdbus-1-3                                   1.12.20-0+deb10u1
ii  libdbus-glib-1-2                              0.110-4
ii  libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0                            2.38.1+dfsg-1
ii  libglib2.0-0                                  2.58.3-2+deb10u2
ii  libgnome-desktop-3-17               
ii  libgnomekbd8                                  3.26.1-1
ii  libgtk-3-0                                    3.24.5-1
ii  libpam0g                                      1.3.1-5
ii  libsystemd0                                   241-7~deb10u7
ii  libx11-6                                      2:1.6.7-1+deb10u1
ii  libxext6                                      2:1.3.3-1+b2
ii  libxklavier16                                 5.4-4
ii  libxxf86vm1                                   1:1.1.4-1+b2

Versions of packages gnome-screensaver recommends:
ii  gnome-power-manager   3.30.0-2
ii  libpam-gnome-keyring  3.28.2-5

gnome-screensaver suggests no packages.

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