USN-2436-1: X.Org X server vulnerabilities

9 December 2014

xorg-server, xorg-server-lts-trusty vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 14.10
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


Several security issues were fixed in the X.Org X server.

Software Description

  • xorg-server - X.Org X11 server
  • xorg-server-lts-trusty - X.Org X11 server


Ilja van Sprundel discovered a multitude of security issues in the X.Org X server. An attacker able to connect to an X server, either locally or remotely, could use these issues to cause the X server to crash or execute arbitrary code resulting in possible privilege escalation.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.10
xserver-xorg-core - 2:1.16.0-1ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
xserver-xorg-core - 2:1.15.1-0ubuntu2.4
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
xserver-xorg-core - 2:1.11.4-0ubuntu10.15
xserver-xorg-core-lts-trusty - 2:1.15.1-0ubuntu2~precise3

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system update you need to reboot your computer to make all the necessary changes.