USN-4142-1: e2fsprogs vulnerability

30 September 2019

e2fsprogs vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 19.04
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Summary

e2fsprogs could be made to execute arbitrary code if it is running in a crafted ext4 partition.

Software Description

  • e2fsprogs - ext2/ext3/ext4 file system utilities

Details

It was discovered that e2fsprogs incorrectly handled certain ext4 partitions. An attacker could possibly use this issue to execute arbitrary code.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 19.04
e2fsprogs - 1.44.6-1ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
e2fsprogs - 1.44.1-1ubuntu1.2
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
e2fsprogs - 1.42.13-1ubuntu1.1

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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