USN-2485-1: GNU C Library vulnerability
27 January 2015
A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:
- Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
- Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
The GNU C Library could be made to crash or run programs.
- eglibc - GNU C Library
It was discovered that a buffer overflow existed in the gethostbyname and gethostbyname2 functions in the GNU C Library. An attacker could use this issue to execute arbitrary code or cause an application crash, resulting in a denial of service.
The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:
To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.
After a standard system update you need to reboot your computer to make all the necessary changes.