USN-4295-1: Rake vulnerability

3 March 2020

rake vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 19.10
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS


Rake could be made run arbitrary commands it received a specially crafted file.

Software Description

  • rake - Ruby make-like utility


It was discovered that Rake incorrectly handled certain files. An attacker could use this issue to possibly execute arbitrary commands.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 19.10
rake - 12.3.1-3ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
rake - 12.3.1-1ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
rake - 10.5.0-2ubuntu0.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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