USN-3684-2: Perl vulnerability

13 June 2018

perl vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 12.04 ESM


Perl could be made to overwrite arbitrary files if it received a specially crafted archive file.

Software Description

  • perl - Practical Extraction and Report Language


USN-3684-1 fixed a vulnerability in perl. This update provides the corresponding update for Ubuntu 12.04 ESM.

Original advisory details:

It was discovered that Perl incorrectly handled certain archive files. An attacker could possibly use this to overwrite arbitrary files.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 12.04 ESM
perl - 5.14.2-6ubuntu2.8

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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