USN-4051-2: Apport vulnerability

9 July 2019

apport vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 14.04 ESM

Summary

Apport could be made to expose sensitive information in crash reports.

Software Description

  • apport - automatically generate crash reports for debugging

Details

USN-4051-1 fixed a vulnerability in apport. This update provides the corresponding update for Ubuntu 14.04 ESM.

Original advisory details:

Kevin Backhouse discovered a race-condition when reading the user’s local Apport configuration. This could be used by a local attacker to cause Apport to include arbitrary files in a resulting crash report.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.04 ESM
python-apport - 2.14.1-0ubuntu3.29+esm1
python3-apport - 2.14.1-0ubuntu3.29+esm1

To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.

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

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