USN-3748-1: base-files vulnerability
21 August 2018
A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:
- Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
base-files could be made to hang or overwrite files as the administrator.
- base-files - Debian base system miscellaneous files
Sander Bos discovered that the MOTD update script incorrectly handled temporary files. A local attacker could use this issue to cause a denial of service, or possibly escalate privileges if kernel symlink restrictions were disabled.
The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:
To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.
In general, a standard system update will make all the necessary changes.