USN-3709-1: Xapian-core vulnerability

10 July 2018

xapian-core vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 17.10


Xapian-core could be made to execute arbitrary code if it received a specially crafted file.

Software Description

  • xapian-core - Development files for Xapian search engine library


It was discovered that Xapian-core incorrectly handled certain 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
libxapian30 - 1.4.5-1ubuntu0.1
xapian-tools - 1.4.5-1ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 17.10
libxapian30 - 1.4.4-2ubuntu0.1
xapian-tools - 1.4.4-2ubuntu0.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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