USN-3400-1: Augeas vulnerability

21 August 2017

augeas vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 17.04
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


Augeas could be made to crash if it received specially crafted input.

Software Description

  • augeas - Configuration editing tool


It was discovered that Augeas incorrectly handled certain strings. An attacker could use this issue to cause Augeas to crash, leading to a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 17.04
augeas-tools - 1.6.0-0ubuntu3.1
libaugeas0 - 1.6.0-0ubuntu3.1
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
augeas-tools - 1.4.0-0ubuntu1.1
libaugeas0 - 1.4.0-0ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
augeas-tools - 1.2.0-0ubuntu1.3
libaugeas0 - 1.2.0-0ubuntu1.3

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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