USN-2533-1: Sudo vulnerability

16 March 2015

sudo 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


Sudo would allow unintended access to files.

Software Description

  • sudo - Provide limited super user privileges to specific users


Jakub Wilk and Stephane Chazelas discovered that Sudo incorrectly handled the TZ environment variable. An attacker with Sudo access could possibly use this issue to open arbitrary files, bypassing intended permissions.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.10
sudo - 1.8.9p5-1ubuntu2.1
sudo-ldap - 1.8.9p5-1ubuntu2.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
sudo - 1.8.9p5-1ubuntu1.1
sudo-ldap - 1.8.9p5-1ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
sudo - 1.8.3p1-1ubuntu3.7
sudo-ldap - 1.8.3p1-1ubuntu3.7
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
sudo - 1.7.2p1-1ubuntu5.8
sudo-ldap - 1.7.2p1-1ubuntu5.8

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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