USN-2007-1: Apport vulnerability

24 October 2013

apport vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 13.10
  • Ubuntu 13.04
  • Ubuntu 12.10
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


Apport could be made to expose privileged information.

Software Description

  • apport - automatically generate crash reports for debugging


Martin Carpenter discovered that Apport set incorrect permissions on core dump files generated by setuid binaries. A local attacker could possibly use this issue to obtain privileged information.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 13.10
apport - 2.12.5-0ubuntu2.1
Ubuntu 13.04
apport - 2.9.2-0ubuntu8.5
Ubuntu 12.10
apport - 2.6.1-0ubuntu13
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
apport - 2.0.1-0ubuntu17.6

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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