USN-3101-1: Tracker vulnerability

12 October 2016

tracker vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS


Tracker could be made to crash if it opened a specially crafted file.

Software Description

  • tracker - metadata database, indexer and search tool


It was discovered that Tracker incorrectly handled certain malformed GIF images. If a user or automated system were tricked into downloading a specially-crafted GIF image, Tracker could 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
tracker-extract - 1.6.2-0ubuntu1.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system update you need to restart your session to make all the necessary changes.