USN-3958-1: GStreamer Base Plugins vulnerability

29 April 2019

gst-plugins-base0.10, gst-plugins-base1.0 vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 18.10
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS


GStreamer Base Plugins could be made to crash or run programs if it received specially crafted network traffic.

Software Description

  • gst-plugins-base1.0 - GStreamer plugins
  • gst-plugins-base0.10 - GStreamer plugins


It was discovered that GStreamer Base Plugins did not correctly handle certain malformed RTSP streams. If a user were tricked into opening a crafted RTSP stream with a GStreamer application, an attacker could cause a denial of service via application crash, or possibly execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 18.10
gstreamer1.0-plugins-base - 1.14.4-1ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
gstreamer1.0-plugins-base - 1.14.1-1ubuntu1~ubuntu18.04.2
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
gstreamer0.10-plugins-base - 0.10.36-2ubuntu0.2
gstreamer1.0-plugins-base - 1.8.3-1ubuntu0.3

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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