USN-2403-1: GnuTLS vulnerability

11 November 2014

gnutls28 vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 14.10


GnuTLS could be made to crash or run programs if it processed a specially crafted certificate.

Software Description

  • gnutls28 - GNU TLS library - commandline utilities


Sean Burford discovered that GnuTLS incorrectly handled printing certain elliptic curve parameters. A malicious remote server or client could use this issue to cause GnuTLS to crash, resulting in 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 14.10
gnutls-bin - 3.2.16-1ubuntu2.1
libgnutls-deb0-28 - 3.2.16-1ubuntu2.1
libgnutls-openssl27 - 3.2.16-1ubuntu2.1
libgnutlsxx28 - 3.2.16-1ubuntu2.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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