USN-1352-1: Software Properties vulnerability

31 January 2012

software-properties vulnerability

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

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

Summary

Software Properties could be tricked into installing arbitrary PPA GPG keys.

Software Description

  • software-properties - manage the repositories that you install software from

Details

David Black discovered that Software Properties incorrectly validated server certificates when performing secure connections to download PPA GPG key fingerprints. If a remote attacker were able to perform a man-in-the-middle attack, this flaw could be exploited to install altered package repository GPG keys.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 11.10
python-software-properties - 0.81.13.3
Ubuntu 11.04
python-software-properties - 0.80.9.1
Ubuntu 10.10
python-software-properties - 0.76.7.1
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
python-software-properties - 0.75.10.2

To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.

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

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