USN-2456-1: GNU cpio vulnerabilities

8 January 2015

cpio vulnerabilities

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


The GNU cpio program could be made to crash or run programs if it opened a specially crafted file or received specially crafted input.

Software Description

  • cpio - a program to manage archives of files


Michal Zalewski discovered an out of bounds write issue in the process_copy_in function of GNU cpio. An attacker could specially craft a cpio archive that could create a denial of service or possibly execute arbitrary code. (CVE-2014-9112)

Jakob Lell discovered a heap-based buffer overflow in the rmt_read__ function of GNU cpio’s rmt client functionality. An attacker controlling a remote rmt server could use this to cause a denial of service or possibly execute arbitrary code. This issue only affected Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. (CVE-2010-0624)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.10
cpio - 2.11+dfsg-2ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
cpio - 2.11+dfsg-1ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
cpio - 2.11-7ubuntu3.1
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
cpio - 2.10-1ubuntu2.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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