USN-3351-1: Evince vulnerability

13 July 2017

evince vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 17.04
  • Ubuntu 16.10
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


Evince could be made run programs as your login if it opened a specially crafted file.

Software Description

  • evince - Document viewer


Felix Wilhelm discovered that Evince did not safely invoke tar when handling tar comic book (cbt) files. An attacker could use this to construct a malicious cbt comic book format file that, when opened in Evince, executes arbitrary code. Please note that this update disables support for cbt files in Evince.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 17.04
evince - 3.24.0-0ubuntu1.1
evince-common - 3.24.0-0ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 16.10
evince - 3.22.0-0ubuntu1.1
evince-common - 3.22.0-0ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
evince - 3.18.2-1ubuntu4.1
evince-common - 3.18.2-1ubuntu4.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
evince - 3.10.3-0ubuntu10.3
evince-common - 3.10.3-0ubuntu10.3

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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