USN-3815-1: gettext vulnerability

12 November 2018

gettext vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 18.10
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS


gettext could be made to execute arbitrary code if it received a specially crafted message.

Software Description

  • gettext - GNU Internationalization utilities


It was discovered that gettext incorrectly handled certain messages. An attacker could possibly use this issue to execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 18.10
gettext -
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
gettext -
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
gettext - 0.19.7-2ubuntu3.1
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
gettext -

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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