[USN-2744-1] Apport vulnerability

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2015-10-12T00:00:00


========================================================================== Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2744-1 September 24, 2015

apport vulnerability

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 15.04
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


Apport could be made to crash or overwrite files as an administrator.

Software Description: - apport: automatically generate crash reports for debugging


Halfdog discovered that Apport incorrectly handled kernel crash dump files. A local attacker could use this issue to cause a denial of service, or possibly elevate privileges. The default symlink protections for affected releases should reduce the vulnerability to a denial of service.

Update instructions:

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 15.04: apport 2.17.2-0ubuntu1.5

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: apport 2.14.1-0ubuntu3.15

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS: apport 2.0.1-0ubuntu17.10

In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.

References: http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-2744-1 CVE-2015-1338

Package Information: https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/apport/2.17.2-0ubuntu1.5 https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/apport/2.14.1-0ubuntu3.15 https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/apport/2.0.1-0ubuntu17.10

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