USN-3967-1: FFmpeg vulnerabilities

6 May 2019

FFmpeg vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 19.04
  • Ubuntu 18.10
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS


FFmpeg could be made to crash if it opened a specially crafted file.

Software Description

  • ffmpeg - Tools for transcoding, streaming and playing of multimedia files


It was discovered that FFmpeg contained multiple security issues when handling certain multimedia files. If a user were tricked into opening a crafted multimedia file, an attacker could cause a denial of service via application crash.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 19.04
ffmpeg - 7:4.1.3-0ubuntu1
libavcodec-extra58 - 7:4.1.3-0ubuntu1
libavcodec58 - 7:4.1.3-0ubuntu1
libavdevice58 - 7:4.1.3-0ubuntu1
libavfilter-extra7 - 7:4.1.3-0ubuntu1
libavfilter7 - 7:4.1.3-0ubuntu1
libavformat58 - 7:4.1.3-0ubuntu1
libavresample4 - 7:4.1.3-0ubuntu1
libavutil56 - 7:4.1.3-0ubuntu1
libpostproc55 - 7:4.1.3-0ubuntu1
libswresample3 - 7:4.1.3-0ubuntu1
libswscale5 - 7:4.1.3-0ubuntu1
Ubuntu 18.10
ffmpeg - 7:4.0.4-0ubuntu1
libavcodec-extra58 - 7:4.0.4-0ubuntu1
libavcodec58 - 7:4.0.4-0ubuntu1
libavdevice58 - 7:4.0.4-0ubuntu1
libavfilter-extra7 - 7:4.0.4-0ubuntu1
libavfilter7 - 7:4.0.4-0ubuntu1
libavformat58 - 7:4.0.4-0ubuntu1
libavresample4 - 7:4.0.4-0ubuntu1
libavutil56 - 7:4.0.4-0ubuntu1
libpostproc55 - 7:4.0.4-0ubuntu1
libswresample3 - 7:4.0.4-0ubuntu1
libswscale5 - 7:4.0.4-0ubuntu1
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
ffmpeg - 7:3.4.6-0ubuntu0.18.04.1
libavcodec-extra57 - 7:3.4.6-0ubuntu0.18.04.1
libavcodec57 - 7:3.4.6-0ubuntu0.18.04.1
libavdevice57 - 7:3.4.6-0ubuntu0.18.04.1
libavfilter-extra6 - 7:3.4.6-0ubuntu0.18.04.1
libavfilter6 - 7:3.4.6-0ubuntu0.18.04.1
libavformat57 - 7:3.4.6-0ubuntu0.18.04.1
libavresample3 - 7:3.4.6-0ubuntu0.18.04.1
libavutil55 - 7:3.4.6-0ubuntu0.18.04.1
libpostproc54 - 7:3.4.6-0ubuntu0.18.04.1
libswresample2 - 7:3.4.6-0ubuntu0.18.04.1
libswscale4 - 7:3.4.6-0ubuntu0.18.04.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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