USN-2435-1: Graphviz vulnerability

9 December 2014

graphviz vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 14.10
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS


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

Software Description

  • graphviz - rich set of graph drawing tools


It was discovered that graphviz incorrectly handled parsing errors. An attacker could use this issue to cause graphviz to crash or possibly execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.10
graphviz - 2.38.0-5ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
graphviz - 2.36.0-0ubuntu3.1
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
graphviz - 2.26.3-10ubuntu1.2
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
graphviz - 2.20.2-8ubuntu3.2

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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