USN-2084-1: devscripts vulnerability

21 January 2014

devscripts 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
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS


devscripts could be made to run programs if it opened a specially crafted file.

Software Description

  • devscripts - scripts to make the life of a Debian Package maintainer easier


It was discovered that the uscan tool incorrectly repacked archive files. If a user or automated system were tricked into processing specially crafted files, a remote attacker could possibly execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 13.10
devscripts - 2.13.4ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 13.04
devscripts - 2.13.1ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 12.10
devscripts - 2.12.4ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
devscripts - 2.11.6ubuntu1.6
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
devscripts - 2.10.61ubuntu5.6

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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