USN-526-1: debian-goodies vulnerability

4 October 2007

debian-goodies vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 7.04
  • Ubuntu 6.10
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Software Description

  • debian-goodies


Thomas de Grenier de Latour discovered that the checkrestart program included in debian-goodies did not correctly handle shell meta-characters. A local attacker could exploit this to gain the privileges of the user running checkrestart.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 7.04
debian-goodies - 0.27ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 6.10
debian-goodies - 0.23ubuntu0.6.10.1
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
debian-goodies - 0.23ubuntu0.6.06.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

In general, a standard system upgrade is sufficient to effect the necessary changes.