USN-165-1: heartbeat vulnerability

11 August 2005

heartbeat vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 5.04
  • Ubuntu 4.10

Software Description


Eric Romang discovered that heartbeat created temporary files in an insecure manner. This could allow a symlink attack to create or overwrite arbitrary files with root privileges as soon as heartbeat is started.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 5.04
Ubuntu 4.10

To update your system, please follow these instructions: