USN-837-1: Newt vulnerability

24 September 2009

newt vulnerability

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

  • Ubuntu 9.04
  • Ubuntu 8.10
  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Software Description

  • newt


Miroslav Lichvar discovered that Newt incorrectly handled rendering in a text box. An attacker could exploit this and cause a denial of service or possibly 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 9.04
libnewt0.52 - 0.52.2-11.3ubuntu3.1
Ubuntu 8.10
libnewt0.52 - 0.52.2-11.3ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
libnewt0.52 - 0.52.2-11.2ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
libnewt0.51 - 0.51.6-31ubuntu1.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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