USN-3704-1: devscripts vulnerability

5 July 2018

devscripts vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 17.10


devscripts could be made to run arbitrary code if it received a specially crafted YAML file.

Software Description

  • devscripts - scripts to make the life of a Debian Package maintainer easier


It was discovered that devscripts incorrectly handled certain YAML files. 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
devscripts - 2.17.12ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 17.10
devscripts - 2.17.9ubuntu0.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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