USN-2524-1: eCryptfs vulnerability

11 March 2015

ecryptfs-utils vulnerability

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


Sensitive information in encrypted home and Private directories could be exposed if an attacker gained access to your files.

Software Description

  • ecryptfs-utils - eCryptfs cryptographic filesystem utilities


Sylvain Pelissier discovered that eCryptfs did not generate a random salt when encrypting the mount passphrase with the login password. An attacker could use this issue to discover the login password used to protect the mount passphrase and gain unintended access to the encrypted files.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.10
ecryptfs-utils - 104-0ubuntu1.14.10.3
libecryptfs0 - 104-0ubuntu1.14.10.3
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
ecryptfs-utils - 104-0ubuntu1.14.04.3
libecryptfs0 - 104-0ubuntu1.14.04.3
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
ecryptfs-utils - 96-0ubuntu3.4
libecryptfs0 - 96-0ubuntu3.4
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
ecryptfs-utils - 83-0ubuntu3.
libecryptfs0 - 83-0ubuntu3.

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system update you need to log out of all sessions and then log back in to make all the necessary changes.