USN-891-1: lintian vulnerabilities

28 January 2010

lintian vulnerabilities

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

  • Ubuntu 9.10
  • Ubuntu 9.04
  • Ubuntu 8.10
  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Software Description

  • lintian


Raphael Geissert discovered that lintian did not correctly validate certain filenames when processing input. If a user or an automated system were tricked into running lintian on a specially crafted set of files, a remote attacker could execute arbitrary code with user privileges.

Update instructions

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

Ubuntu 9.10
lintian - 2.2.17ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 9.04
lintian - 2.2.5ubuntu1.1
Ubuntu 8.10
lintian - 1.24.3ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
lintian - 1.23.46ubuntu0.1
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS
lintian - 1.23.16ubuntu2.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

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