USN-3936-1: AdvanceCOMP vulnerability

4 April 2019

advancecomp 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


AdvanceCOMP could be made to run arbitrary code if it opened a specially crafted file.

Software Description

  • advancecomp - collection of recompression utilities


It was discovered that AdvanceCOMP incorrectly handled certain PNG files. 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
advancecomp - 2.1-1ubuntu0.18.10.1
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
advancecomp - 2.1-1ubuntu0.18.04.1
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
advancecomp - 1.20-1ubuntu0.2
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
advancecomp - 1.18-1ubuntu0.2

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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