USN-3766-1: PHP vulnerabilities

18 September 2018

php5, php7.0, php7.2 vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


Several security issues were fixed in PHP.

Software Description

  • php7.2 - HTML-embedded scripting language interpreter
  • php7.0 - HTML-embedded scripting language interpreter
  • php5 - HTML-embedded scripting language interpreter


It was discovered that PHP incorrectly handled restarting certain child processes when php-fpm is used. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to cause a denial of service. This issue was only addressed in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. (CVE-2015-9253)

It was discovered that PHP incorrectly handled certain exif tags in JPEG images. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to cause PHP to crash, resulting in a denial of service. (CVE-2018-14851, CVE-2018-14883)

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
libapache2-mod-php7.2 - 7.2.10-0ubuntu0.18.04.1
php7.2-cgi - 7.2.10-0ubuntu0.18.04.1
php7.2-cli - 7.2.10-0ubuntu0.18.04.1
php7.2-fpm - 7.2.10-0ubuntu0.18.04.1
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
libapache2-mod-php7.0 - 7.0.32-0ubuntu0.16.04.1
php7.0-cgi - 7.0.32-0ubuntu0.16.04.1
php7.0-cli - 7.0.32-0ubuntu0.16.04.1
php7.0-fpm - 7.0.32-0ubuntu0.16.04.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
libapache2-mod-php5 - 5.5.9+dfsg-1ubuntu4.26
php5-cgi - 5.5.9+dfsg-1ubuntu4.26
php5-cli - 5.5.9+dfsg-1ubuntu4.26
php5-fpm - 5.5.9+dfsg-1ubuntu4.26

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

In Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, this update uses a new upstream release, which includes additional bug fixes.

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