USN-1284-1: Update Manager vulnerabilities

28 November 2011

update-manager vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 11.10
  • Ubuntu 11.04
  • Ubuntu 10.10
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS


Update Manager could be made to overwrite files as the administrator.

Software Description

  • update-manager - GNOME application that manages apt updates
  • update-notifier - Daemon which notifies about package updates


David Black discovered that Update Manager incorrectly extracted the downloaded upgrade tarball before verifying its GPG signature. If a remote attacker were able to perform a man-in-the-middle attack, this flaw could potentially be used to replace arbitrary files. (CVE-2011-3152)

David Black discovered that Update Manager created a temporary directory in an insecure fashion. A local attacker could possibly use this flaw to read the XAUTHORITY file of the user performing the upgrade. (CVE-2011-3154)

This update also adds a hotfix to Update Notifier to handle cases where the upgrade is being performed from CD media.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 11.10
update-manager - 1:
Ubuntu 11.04
update-manager - 1:
update-notifier - 0.111ubuntu2.1
Ubuntu 10.10
update-manager - 1:
update-notifier - 0.105ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
auto-upgrade-tester - 1:
update-notifier - 0.99.3ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
update-manager - 1:

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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