USN-2991-1: nginx vulnerability

2 June 2016

nginx vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 15.10
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


nginx could be made to crash if it received specially crafted network traffic.

Software Description

  • nginx - small, powerful, scalable web/proxy server


It was discovered that nginx incorrectly handled saving client request bodies to temporary files. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to cause nginx to crash, resulting in a denial of service.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
nginx-core - 1.10.0-0ubuntu0.16.04.2
nginx-extras - 1.10.0-0ubuntu0.16.04.2
nginx-full - 1.10.0-0ubuntu0.16.04.2
nginx-light - 1.10.0-0ubuntu0.16.04.2
Ubuntu 15.10
nginx-core - 1.9.3-1ubuntu1.2
nginx-extras - 1.9.3-1ubuntu1.2
nginx-full - 1.9.3-1ubuntu1.2
nginx-light - 1.9.3-1ubuntu1.2
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
nginx-core - 1.4.6-1ubuntu3.5
nginx-extras - 1.4.6-1ubuntu3.5
nginx-full - 1.4.6-1ubuntu3.5
nginx-light - 1.4.6-1ubuntu3.5

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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