USN-2494-1: file vulnerabilities

4 February 2015

file 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

Summary

file could be made to crash if it opened a specially crafted file.

Software Description

  • file - Tool to determine file types

Details

Francisco Alonso discovered that file incorrectly handled certain ELF files. An attacker could use this issue to cause file to crash, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2014-3710)

Thomas Jarosch discovered that file incorrectly handled certain ELF files. An attacker could use this issue to cause file to hang or crash, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2014-8116)

Thomas Jarosch discovered that file incorrectly limited recursion. An attacker could use this issue to cause file to hang or crash, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2014-8117)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.10
file - 1:5.19-1ubuntu1.2
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
file - 1:5.14-2ubuntu3.3
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
file - 5.09-2ubuntu0.6
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
file - 5.03-5ubuntu1.5

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.

References