USN-1820-1: gpsd vulnerability

8 May 2013

gpsd vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


gpsd could be made to crash or possibly run programs if it received specially crafted input.

Software Description

  • gpsd - Global Positioning System - daemon


It was discovered that gpsd incorrectly handled certain malformed GPS data. An attacker could use this issue to cause gpsd 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
gpsd - 3.4-2ubuntu0.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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