USN-3489-1: Berkeley DB vulnerability

21 November 2017

db5.3 vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 17.04
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


Berkeley DB could be made to expose sensitive information.

Software Description

  • db5.3 - Berkeley v5.3 Database Documentation [html]


It was discovered that Berkeley DB incorrectly handled certain configuration files. An attacker could possibly use this issue to read sensitive information.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 17.04
db5.3-util - 5.3.28-12ubuntu0.1
libdb5.3 - 5.3.28-12ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
db5.3-util - 5.3.28-11ubuntu0.1
libdb5.3 - 5.3.28-11ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
db5.3-util - 5.3.28-3ubuntu3.1
libdb5.3 - 5.3.28-3ubuntu3.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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