USN-3584-1: sensible-utils vulnerability

26 February 2018

sensible-utils vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 17.10
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


sensible-utils could be made to run programs as your login if it opened a malicious URL.

Software Description

  • sensible-utils - Utilities for sensible alternative selection


Gabriel Corona discovered that sensible-utils incorrectly validated strings when launcher a browser with the sensible-browser tool. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue with a specially crafted URL to conduct an argument injection attack and execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 17.10
sensible-utils - 0.0.10ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
sensible-utils - 0.0.9ubuntu0.16.04.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
sensible-utils - 0.0.9ubuntu0.14.04.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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