USN-2370-1: APT vulnerability

8 October 2014

apt vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


APT could be made to overwrite files.

Software Description

  • apt - Advanced front-end for dpkg


Guillem Jover discovered that APT incorrectly created a temporary file when handling the changelog command. A local attacker could use this issue to overwrite arbitrary files. In the default installation of Ubuntu, this should be prevented by the kernel link restrictions.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
apt - 1.0.1ubuntu2.5
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
apt - 0.8.16~exp12ubuntu10.21

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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