USN-4194-2: postgresql-common vulnerability

3 December 2019

postgresql-common vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 14.04 ESM


postgresql-common could be made to create arbitrary directories.

Software Description

  • postgresql-common - PostgreSQL database-cluster manager


USN-4194-1 fixed a vulnerability in postgresql-common. This update provides the corresponding update for Ubuntu 14.04 ESM.

Original advisory details:

Rich Mirch discovered that the postgresql-common pg_ctlcluster script incorrectly handled directory creation. A local attacker could possibly use this issue to escalate privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 14.04 ESM
postgresql-common - 154ubuntu1.1+esm1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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