USN-4170-1: Whoopsie vulnerability

30 October 2019

whoopsie vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 19.10
  • Ubuntu 19.04
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Summary

Whoopsie could be made to crash, expose sensitive information or run programs if it processed a specially crafted crash report.

Software Description

  • whoopsie - Ubuntu error tracker submission

Details

Kevin Backhouse discovered Whoopsie incorrectly handled very large crash reports. A local attacker could possibly use this issue to cause a denial of service, expose sensitive information or execute code as the whoopsie user.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 19.10
libwhoopsie0 - 0.2.66ubuntu0.1
whoopsie - 0.2.66ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 19.04
libwhoopsie0 - 0.2.64ubuntu0.2
whoopsie - 0.2.64ubuntu0.2
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
libwhoopsie0 - 0.2.62ubuntu0.2
whoopsie - 0.2.62ubuntu0.2
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
libwhoopsie0 - 0.2.52.5ubuntu0.2
whoopsie - 0.2.52.5ubuntu0.2

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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