USN-2782-1: Apport vulnerability

27 October 2015

apport vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 15.10
  • Ubuntu 15.04
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


Apport could be made to run programs as an administrator.

Software Description

  • apport - automatically generate crash reports for debugging


Gabriel Campana discovered that Apport incorrectly handled Python module imports. A local attacker could use this issue to elevate privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 15.10
apport - 2.19.1-0ubuntu4
Ubuntu 15.04
apport - 2.17.2-0ubuntu1.7
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
apport - 2.14.1-0ubuntu3.18
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
apport - 2.0.1-0ubuntu17.13

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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