USN-4087-1: BWA vulnerability
6 August 2019
A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:
- Ubuntu 19.04
- Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
BWA could be made to crash or run programs as your login if it opened a specially crafted file.
- bwa - Software package for mapping DNA sequences against a large reference genome
It was discovered that Burrows-Wheeler Aligner (BWA) mishandled certain crafted .alt files. An attacker could use this vulnerability to cause a denial of service (crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code.
The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:
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.