USN-2862-1: Pygments vulnerability

7 January 2016

pygments 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


Pygments could be made to crash or run programs if it processed a specially crafted font request.

Software Description

  • pygments - syntax highlighting package written in Python


It was discovered that Pygments incorrectly sanitized strings used to search system fonts. An attacker could possibly use this issue to execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 15.10
python-pygments - 2.0.1+dfsg-1.1svn1.1
python3-pygments - 2.0.1+dfsg-1.1svn1.1
Ubuntu 15.04
python-pygments - 2.0.1+dfsg-1svn1.1
python3-pygments - 2.0.1+dfsg-1svn1.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
python-pygments - 1.6+dfsg-1ubuntu1.1
python3-pygments - 1.6+dfsg-1ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
python-pygments - 1.4+dfsg-2ubuntu0.1
python3-pygments - 1.4+dfsg-2ubuntu0.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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