USN-737-1: libsoup vulnerability

16 March 2009

libsoup vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 7.10
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Software Description

  • libsoup


It was discovered that the Base64 encoding functions in libsoup did not properly handle large strings. If a user were tricked into connecting to a malicious server, an attacker could possibly execute arbitrary code with user privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 7.10
libsoup2.2-8 - 2.2.100-1ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
libsoup2.2-8 - 2.2.93-0ubuntu1.2

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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