USN-1166-1: OProfile vulnerabilities

11 July 2011

oprofile vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS


OProfile could be made to run programs as an administrator.

Software Description

  • oprofile - System-wide profiler for Linux systems


Stephane Chauveau discovered that OProfile did not properly perform input validation when processing arguments to opcontrol. A local user who is allowed to run opcontrol with privileges could exploit this to run arbitrary commands as the privileged user. (CVE-2011-1760, CVE-2011-2471)

Stephane Chauveau discovered a directory traversal vulnerability in OProfile when processing the –save argument to opcontrol. A local user could exploit this to overwrite arbitrary files with the privileges of the user invoking the program. (CVE-2011-2472)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
oprofile - 0.9.6-1ubuntu4.4

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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