USN-3412-1: file vulnerability

7 September 2017

file vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 17.04


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

Software Description

  • file - Tool to determine file types


Thomas Jarosch discovered that file incorrectly handled certain ELF files. An attacker could use this to cause file to crash, resulting in a denial of service.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 17.04
file - 1:5.29-3ubuntu0.1
libmagic1 - 1:5.29-3ubuntu0.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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