USN-3354-1: Apport vulnerability

18 July 2017

apport 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


An attacker could trick a user into opening a malicious .crash file and execute arbitrary code as the user.

Software Description

  • apport - automatically generate crash reports for debugging


Felix Wilhelm discovered a path traversal vulnerability in Apport when handling the ExecutablePath field in crash files. An attacker could trick a user into opening a specially crafted crash file and execute arbitrary code with the user’s privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 17.04
apport - 2.20.4-0ubuntu4.5
python-apport - 2.20.4-0ubuntu4.5
python3-apport - 2.20.4-0ubuntu4.5
Ubuntu 16.10
apport - 2.20.3-0ubuntu8.7
python-apport - 2.20.3-0ubuntu8.7
python3-apport - 2.20.3-0ubuntu8.7
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
apport - 2.20.1-0ubuntu2.10
python-apport - 2.20.1-0ubuntu2.10
python3-apport - 2.20.1-0ubuntu2.10
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
apport - 2.14.1-0ubuntu3.25
python-apport - 2.14.1-0ubuntu3.25
python3-apport - 2.14.1-0ubuntu3.25

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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