USN-3042-1: KDE-Libs vulnerability

26 July 2016

kde4libs vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 15.10
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


KDE-Libs could be made to overwrite files.

Software Description

  • kde4libs - KDE 4 core applications and libraries


Andreas Cord-Landwehr discovered that KDE-Libs incorrectly handled extracting certain archives. If a user were tricked into extracting a specially-crafted archive, a remote attacker could use this issue to overwrite arbitrary files out of the extraction directory.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 15.10
libkdecore5 - 4:4.14.13-0ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
libkdecore5 - 4:4.13.3-0ubuntu0.3
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
libkdecore5 - 4:4.8.5-0ubuntu0.5

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system update you need to reboot your computer to make all the necessary changes.