USN-3650-1: xdg-utils vulnerability

21 May 2018

xdg-utils vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 17.10
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


xdg-utils could be made to run arbitrary code if it received a specially crafted input.

Software Description

  • xdg-utils - desktop integration utilities from


It was discovered that xdg-utils incorrectly handled certain inputs. An attacker could possibly use this to execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
xdg-utils - 1.1.2-1ubuntu2.2
Ubuntu 17.10
xdg-utils - 1.1.1-1ubuntu3.2
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
xdg-utils - 1.1.1-1ubuntu1.16.04.3
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
xdg-utils - 1.1.0~rc1-2ubuntu7.2

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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