USN-3721-1: Apache Ant vulnerability

24 July 2018

ant vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


Apache Ant could be made to overwrite files.

Software Description

  • ant - Java based build tool like make


Danny Grander discovered that Apache Ant incorrectly handled certain compressed files. If a user or automated system were tricked into processing a specially crafted file, a remote attacker could use this issue to overwrite arbitrary files.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
ant - 1.9.3-2ubuntu0.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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