USN-2001-1: Swift vulnerability

23 October 2013

swift vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 13.04
  • Ubuntu 12.10
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


Swift could cause the system to crash if it received specially crafted requests over the network.

Software Description

  • swift - OpenStack distributed virtual object store


Peter Portante discovered that Swift did not properly handle requests with old X-Timestamp values. An authenticated attacker could exploit this to cause a denial of service via disk consumption.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 13.04
python-swift - 1.8.0-0ubuntu1.3
Ubuntu 12.10
python-swift - 1.7.4-0ubuntu2.3
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
python-swift - 1.4.8-0ubuntu2.3

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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