USN-572-1: apt-listchanges vulnerability

18 January 2008

apt-listchanges vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 7.10
  • Ubuntu 7.04

Software Description

  • apt-listchanges

Details

Felipe Sateler discovered that apt-listchanges did not use safe paths when importing additional Python libraries. A local attacker could exploit this and execute arbitrary commands as the user running apt-listchanges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 7.10
apt-listchanges - 2.74ubuntu3.1
Ubuntu 7.04
apt-listchanges - 2.72ubuntu6.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.

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

References