USN-1958-1: language-selector vulnerability

18 September 2013

language-selector vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 13.04
  • Ubuntu 12.10
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


language-selector could be tricked into bypassing polkit authorizations.

Software Description

  • language-selector - Language selector for Ubuntu


It was discovered that language-selector was using polkit in an unsafe manner. A local attacker could possibly use this issue to bypass intended polkit authorizations.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 13.04
language-selector-common - 0.110.1
Ubuntu 12.10
language-selector-common - 0.90.1
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
language-selector-common - 0.79.4

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system update you need to reboot your computer to make all the necessary changes.