USN-1662-1: APT vulnerability

12 December 2012

apt vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 12.10
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 11.10


APT could expose sensitive information.

Software Description

  • apt - Advanced front-end for dpkg


It was discovered that APT set inappropriate permissions on the term.log file. A local attacker could use this flaw to possibly obtain sensitive information.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 12.10
apt -
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
apt - 0.8.16~exp12ubuntu10.7
Ubuntu 11.10
apt - 0.8.16~exp5ubuntu13.6

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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