USN-4002-1: Doxygen vulnerability

3 June 2019

doxygen vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS


Doxygen could be made to run scripts as your login if it received a specially crafted query.

Software Description

  • doxygen - Documentation system for C, C++, Java, Python and other languages


It was discovered that Doxygen incorrectly handled certain queries. An attacker could possibly use this issue to execute arbitrary code and compromise sensitive information.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
doxygen - 1.8.11-1ubuntu0.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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