USN-3717-2: PolicyKit vulnerabilities

17 July 2018

policykit-1 vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 12.04 ESM


Several security issues were fixed in PolicyKit.

Software Description

  • policykit-1 - framework for managing administrative policies and privileges


USN-3717-1 fixed a vulnerability in PolicyKit. This update provides the corresponding update for Ubuntu 12.04 ESM.

Original advisory details:

It was discovered that PolicyKit incorrectly handled certain duplicate action IDs. A local attacker could use this issue to cause PolicyKit to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly escalate privileges. (CVE-2015-3255)

Matthias Gerstner discovered that PolicyKit incorrectly checked users. A local attacker could possibly use this issue to cause authentication dialogs to show up for other users, leading to a denial of service or an information leak. (CVE-2018-1116)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 12.04 ESM
libpolkit-backend-1-0 - 0.104-1ubuntu1.2

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system update you need to reboot your computer to make all the necessary changes.