USN-3570-1: AdvanceCOMP vulnerability

14 February 2018

advancecomp vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 17.10
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


AdvanceCOMP could be made to crash or run programs if it opened a specially crafted file.

Software Description

  • advancecomp - collection of recompression utilities


Joonun Jang discovered that AdvanceCOMP incorrectly handled certain malformed zip files. If a user or automated system were tricked into processing a specially crafted zip file, a remote attacker could cause AdvanceCOMP to crash, resulting in 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 17.10
advancecomp - 2.0-1ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
advancecomp - 1.20-1ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
advancecomp - 1.18-1ubuntu0.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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