USN-749-1: libsndfile vulnerability

30 March 2009

libsndfile vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 8.10
  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 7.10
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Software Description

  • libsndfile


It was discovered that libsndfile did not correctly handle description chunks in CAF audio files. If a user or automated system were tricked into opening a specially crafted CAF audio file, an attacker could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user invoking the program.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 8.10
libsndfile1 - 1.0.17-4ubuntu0.8.10.1
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
libsndfile1 - 1.0.17-4ubuntu0.8.04.1
Ubuntu 7.10
libsndfile1 - 1.0.17-4ubuntu0.7.10.1
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
libsndfile1 - 1.0.12-3ubuntu1.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system upgrade you need to restart your session to effect the necessary changes.