USN-2279-1: Transmission vulnerability

16 July 2014

transmission vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 13.10
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


Transmission could be made to crash or run programs if it received specially crafted network traffic.

Software Description

  • transmission - lightweight BitTorrent client


Ben Hawkes discovered that Transmission incorrectly handled certain peer messages. A remote attacker could use this issue to cause a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
transmission-common - 2.82-1.1ubuntu3.1
Ubuntu 13.10
transmission-common - 2.82-0ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
transmission-common - 2.51-0ubuntu1.4

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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