USN-4273-1: ReportLab vulnerability

6 February 2020

python-reportlab vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 19.10
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS


ReportLab could be made to run programs as your login if it opened a specially crafted file.

Software Description

  • python-reportlab - library to create PDF documents


It was discovered that ReportLab incorrectly handled certain XML documents. If a user or automated system were tricked into processing a specially crafted document, a remote 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 19.10
python-reportlab - 3.5.23-1ubuntu0.1
python3-reportlab - 3.5.23-1ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
python-reportlab - 3.4.0-3ubuntu0.1
python3-reportlab - 3.4.0-3ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
python-reportlab - 3.3.0-1ubuntu0.1
python3-reportlab - 3.3.0-1ubuntu0.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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