USN-1695-1: RPM vulnerabilities

17 January 2013

rpm vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 11.10
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS


RPM could be made to crash or run programs if it opened a specially crafted package file.

Software Description

  • rpm - package manager for RPM


It was discovered that RPM incorrectly handled certain package headers. If a user or automated system were tricked into installing a specially crafted RPM package, an attacker could cause RPM to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
rpm -
Ubuntu 11.10
rpm - 4.9.0-7ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
rpm - 4.7.2-1lubuntu0.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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