USN-1887-1: OpenStack Swift vulnerabilities

20 June 2013

swift vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 13.04
  • Ubuntu 12.10
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


Multiple security issues were fixed in OpenStack Swift.

Software Description

  • swift - OpenStack distributed virtual object store


Sebastian Krahmer discovered that Swift used the loads function in the pickle Python module when it was configured to use memcached. A remote attacker on the same network as memcached could exploit this to execute arbitrary code. This update adds a new memcache_serialization_support option to support secure json serialization. For details on this new option, please see /usr/share/doc/swift-proxy/memcache.conf-sample. This issue only affected Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. (CVE-2012-4406)

Alex Gaynor discovered that Swift did not safely generate XML. An attacker could potentially craft an account name to generate arbitrary XML responses to trigger vulnerabilties in software parsing Swift’s XML. (CVE-2013-2161)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 13.04
python-swift - 1.8.0-0ubuntu1.2
Ubuntu 12.10
python-swift - 1.7.4-0ubuntu2.2
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
python-swift - 1.4.8-0ubuntu2.2

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system update you need to restart Swift to make all the necessary changes.