USN-2430-1: OpenVPN vulnerability

2 December 2014

openvpn vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 14.10
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


OpenVPN could be made to crash if it received specially crafted network traffic.

Software Description

  • openvpn - virtual private network software


Dragana Damjanovic discovered that OpenVPN incorrectly handled certain control channel packets. An authenticated attacker could use this issue to cause an OpenVPN server to crash, resulting in a denial of service.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.10
openvpn - 2.3.2-9ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
openvpn - 2.3.2-7ubuntu3.1
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
openvpn - 2.2.1-8ubuntu1.4

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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