USN-3429-1: Libplist vulnerability

25 September 2017

libplist vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 17.04
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


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

Software Description

  • libplist - Library for handling Apple binary and XML property lists


Wang Junjie discovered that Libplist incorrectly handled certain files. If a user were tricked into opening a crafted file, an attacker could possibly use this to cause a crash or denial or service.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 17.04
libplist-utils - 1.12-3.1ubuntu0.17.04.1
libplist3 - 1.12-3.1ubuntu0.17.04.1
python-plist - 1.12-3.1ubuntu0.17.04.1
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
libplist-utils - 1.12-3.1ubuntu0.16.04.1
libplist3 - 1.12-3.1ubuntu0.16.04.1
python-plist - 1.12-3.1ubuntu0.16.04.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
libplist-utils - 1.10-1ubuntu0.1
libplist1 - 1.10-1ubuntu0.1
python-plist - 1.10-1ubuntu0.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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