USN-3558-1: systemd vulnerabilities

5 February 2018

systemd vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


Several security issues were fixed in systemd.

Software Description

  • systemd - system and service manager


Karim Hossen & Thomas Imbert and Nelson William Gamazo Sanchez independently discovered that systemd-resolved incorrectly handled certain DNS responses. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to cause systemd to temporarily stop responding, resulting in a denial of service. This issue only affected Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. (CVE-2017-15908)

It was discovered that systemd incorrectly handled automounted volumes. A local attacker could possibly use this issue to cause applications to hang, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2018-1049)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
systemd - 229-4ubuntu21.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
systemd - 204-5ubuntu20.26

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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