USN-2369-1: file vulnerability

3 October 2014

file vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS


file could be made to crash or run programs as your login if it opened a specially crafted file.

Software Description

  • file - Tool to determine file types


It was discovered that file incorrectly handled certain CDF documents. A attacker could use this issue to cause file to hang or crash, resulting in a denial of service.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
file - 1:5.14-2ubuntu3.2
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
file - 5.09-2ubuntu0.5
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
file - 5.03-5ubuntu1.4

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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