USN-407-1: libgtop2 vulnerability

15 January 2007

libgtop2 vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 6.10
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
  • Ubuntu 5.10

Software Description


Liu Qishuai discovered a buffer overflow in the /proc parsing routines in libgtop. By creating and running a process in a specially crafted long path and tricking an user into running gnome-system-monitor, an attacker could exploit this to execute arbitrary code with the user’s privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 6.10
libgtop2-7 - 2.14.4-0ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
libgtop2-7 - 2.14.1-0ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 5.10
libgtop2-5 - 2.12.0-0ubuntu1.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

In general, a standard system upgrade is sufficient to effect the necessary changes.