USN-2471-1: GParted vulnerability

14 January 2015

gparted vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Summary

GParted could be made to run programs as an administrator.

Software Description

  • gparted - GNOME partition editor

Details

Wolfgang Ettlinger discovered that GParted incorrectly filtered shell metacharacters when running external commands. A local attacker could use this issue with a crafted filesystem label to run arbitrary commands as the administrator.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
gparted - 0.11.0-2ubuntu0.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.

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

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